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.

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Vertical take-off amphibious aircraft Bartini Beriev VVA-14. The USSR built only two prototypes in 1976, one of them has crashed during transportation
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Abandoned residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialised on biological researches
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Tropospheric antenna in the north part of Russia that became outdated.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
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Former 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
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Pumpjacks
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Formerly closed city where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times
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Screen for biological defence against radar radiation
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Abandoned observatory
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Contamination 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
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Test bench for missiles
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Former military base on an island with an underground bunker
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The world's largest diesel submarine
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Antenna 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
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The 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
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Stages of space rockets
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Boiler house of a closed aerodrome
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Monument of the Bulgarian Communist Party
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Waste storage of rocket fuel
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Hangar at a former testing ground for biological weapons
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Antenna for interception of signals
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Coal processing plant
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Sarcophagus over a closed shaft which is 4 km deep: one of the deepest scientific shafts in the world at the time
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Water intake
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Excavator on a closed quarry
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Ruins of the experimental laser system ZET
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Ground station for spacecraft control
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Scientific storage facility in far North
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Deserted observatory located in the area with the best conditions for space observations
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A part of an unfinished space port
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Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The rocket on top was made according to design of the German V-2 missile
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Motor ship 'Bulgaria' raised from the bottom of the Volga river. 122 people have died when it sank
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Memorial on an abandoned nuclear station

Photos: Danila Tkachenko



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