Crumbling Soviet Military Bases:

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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 4:55 pm » by Flecktarn


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44th Independent Command and Measurement Complex, Kazakhstan: Built in 1956 to track Sputnik, the first satellite put into orbit, this station became one of the USSR’s most sophisticated space observation bases.

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Kurchatov-Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site, Kazakhstan: These days the barbed wire fencing doesn’t look the most effective for keeping out trespassers.

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Bust of Lenin outside 12th Motor Rifle Division, Mongolia

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Housing for 126th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Mongolia: Another classic example of simplified, economical Soviet architecture, with nothing wasted on decoration.

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57th Division of Missiles, Kazakhstan: When WWII ended, it left the USSR as one of the world’s two superpowers. The horror and sorrow of the long conflict was often expressed in art depicting mothers holding their dead children.

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Mig-21, 126th Fighter Aviation Regiment, Mongolia: During the 1970s, this base was seen as the front line for potential conflict with China and was therefore kept on high alert, ready to attack at a moment’s notice.

“These sites of power… are mostly doomed to disappear in the course of time.”

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2nd Guards Tank Division, Mongolia: During Soviet rule, the population around Choibalsan, Mongolia was over 300,000, with a large number of military personnel, staff and their families. These days it is closer to 39,00

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44th Mixed Air Corps, Mongolia: “Glory to Communist Party of Soviet Union,” reads the slogan. Built in 1982, this edifice typifies the minimalist geometrical Soviet architecture that was characteristic under Khrushchev.

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41st Motor Rifle Division, Mongolia: At the foot of this statue, nicknamed “Aliosha”, after a soldier who fought in the Great Patriotic War, is an inscription reading, “All that was built by the people must be imperatively defended.”
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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 5:26 pm » by domdabears


Such a bleak and depressing looking country.

I've always thought that.
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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 7:41 pm » by Tuor10


There are abandoned cities scattered about the old Soviet Union, which were dedicated to certain functions.

I recall reading about some Russian Billionaire who wanted to build a Russian version of Disney world where one of those abandoned cities are located LOL.

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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 7:43 pm » by Tuor10


Domdabears wrote:Such a bleak and depressing looking country.

I've always thought that.


Most of Russia is sparsely populated. Well over 70% of the population live in Western Russia.

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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 7:43 pm » by Dagnamski


Mongolia is amazing. You can walk for days and not see another person.

The sky is huge...... :clapper:
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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 9:06 pm » by SUKHOV


Yea, the only major cities in the far east are Khabarovsk, and Vladivostok... The heavily populated areas and Cities are beautiful, and if you go to the northern parts of russia near the forests, and then south near the caucasus mountains, you can find some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. I think Bleak is the wrong term for the country if you've never been there and only seen photos.
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PostThu Jun 21, 2012 10:20 pm » by Kinninigan


Thats because Russia sold all their weapons on the black market and abandoned the bases.


the ak-47...russias ultimate weapon of mass destruction and they made ALOT of money on them...
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PostFri Jun 22, 2012 1:06 am » by SUKHOV


Russia Didn't, corrupt politicians and greedy military men did. We gotta remember for a brief period of the collapse everything was up for grabs, including military weapons! The people who had the rights to the AK did make a killing..no pun intended.
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