An airplane graveyard

On our way home from the Crimea in 2002 we had a chance to visit a very interesting site in the Zaporizhzhia region of Ukraine.

A uranium mine on the Kolyma River

At the 222 kilometer post (mile 138) of the Tenkinskiy Route near the Kolyma River there is a brightly colored sign warning about radiation.

A top secret missile testing center

Let me take you on a tour of a most fascinating place. This is one of the grounds of a missile testing center that is located near one of the small towns in the Moscow region.

Orbita – an abandoned satellite communication terminal

Nearly half a century ago Soviet engineers created Orbita (the name means “orbit” in Russian), the first TV system that allowed to broadcast the Central Television of the USSR via an artificial satellite.

Two abandoned Soviet shuttles

Baikonur Cosmodrome has just celebrated its 60s anniversary. Over these years many spacecraft tests have been conducted on its territory.

Abandoned Metallurgy Giant

When I find myself in places like this one, to me they look like decomposing bones of the Soviet Union.

Mysterious dissected skulls found at Chukotka mining sites

Uranium mines of the Chukotka peninsula, that were the source for material used in the making of the first Soviet nuclear bombs, are something of a legend.