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July 30, 2016 posted by Sean Sheepskin

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects

The photo project called ‘Restricted areas‘ is supposed to tell about an utopian aspiration of human beings for the technological progress. The author of the project, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, travelled around post-Soviet space searching for places which used to have the great importance, but end up became abandoned.

Closed ‘secret cities’ which cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, forlorn epic constructions that a long time ago were grandiose ideas of Soviet engineers and scientists, and dreams and hopes of the whole USSR.

 

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 1Vertical take-off amphibious aircraft Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The USSR built only two prototypes in 1976, one of them has crashed during transportation.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 2Abandoned residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological researches.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 3Tropospheric antenna in the north part of Russia that became outdated. There were many ones built in far North; all of them deserted at the moment.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 4Former mining town which has been closed and remade into a bombing training range. The building on the photo is a cultural center, one of the objects for bombing.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 5Pumpjacks.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 6Formerly closed city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 7Screen for biological defence against radar radiation.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 8Abandoned observatory.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 9Contamination test at a lake near the formerly closed scientific city Chelyabinsk-40. In 1964 there happened the first and one of the largest in history nuclear disaster equivalent to Chernobyl’s one, which had been secret. The city is surrounded by the lakes which are still contaminated with radiation.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 10Test bench for missiles.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 11Former military base on an island with an underground bunker.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 12The world’s largest diesel submarine.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 13Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union planned to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 14The secret city Chelyabinsk-40 which was not marked on maps until 1994. There was created the first Soviet nuclear bomb. It is still not possible to visit the city unless one has special permission.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 15Stages of space rockets.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 16Boiler house of a closed aerodrome.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 17Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 18Waste storage of rocket fuel.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 19Hangar at a former testing ground for biological weapons.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 20Antenna for interception of signals.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 21Coal processing plant.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 22Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep: one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 23Water intake.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 24Excavator on a closed quarry.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 25Ruins of the experimental laser system ZET.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 26Ground station for spacecraft control.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 27Scientific storage facility in far North.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 28Deserted observatory located in the area with the best conditions for space observations.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 29A part of an unfinished space port.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 30Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to the design of the German V-2 missile.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 31Motor ship ‘Bulgaria’ raised from the bottom of the Volga river. 122 people have died when it sank.

Restricted Areas: About what is left after grand Soviet projects - 32Memorial on an abandoned nuclear station.

Photos: Danila Tkachenko



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