Most Wonders of the USSR

the USSRThe Pacific Ocean to the middle of Europe rose aimed into space enormous antenna and hid in the forests of top secret military bunkers. Through the collapse of the Union of the content of more of these objects are frail heirs could not afford. Yes and no interest in science newly formed young states, and the task was assigned to the defense of the borders of powerful neighbors.

Here are just a few of the thousands of plants hidden in the mountains and forests of secret and not-so objects that characterize all the power of the collapsed empire. But this is only the least valuable, were not in demand in the period of the division of property between the sister republics once.


The secret submarine base in the small Crimean town Balaklava- one of the largest military installations has been abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since 1961, under a mountain of Taros located complex, where ammunition was stored (including nuclear) and carried out repairs submarines. At the docks base could hide up to 14 submarines of different classes, and the entire complex was able to withstand a direct hit of a nuclear bomb capacity to 100 kT. Abandoned in 1993, the facility was pilfered for scrap locals and only in 2002 on the remains of the submarine base was organized by the museum complex.

Abandoned missile silo,Kekava,Latvia

After the collapse of the empire of the young republic inherited a lot of military equipment, including forests and scattered silos of ballistic missiles. No far to the capital of Latvia are the remains of the missile complex “Dvina”. Built in 1964, the facility consisted of 4 silos depth of about 35 meters and underground bunkers. Much of the space is at present flooded, and a visit to the launcher exclusive of an experienced guide is not recommended. Also dangerous and toxic rocket fuel residues.

Giant excavators,Moscow region

Prior to 1993 Lopatin sky phosphorite mine was quite successful existing fields, where mined need for Soviet agriculture resources. And with the advent of the market economy abandoned a career with giant excavator became a tourist attraction. On a visit to hurry, huge mechanical dinosaurs gradually dismantled for scrap. But even after the dismantling of the latter technique Lopatinskaya career thanks to unearthly landscapes remain quite a remarkable place. And by the way, is still possible to find fossils of ancient sea creatures.

The-horizon radar arc,Pripyat,Ukraine

Titanic structure, built in 1985 to detect launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles, could function well and to this day, but in fact have served for less than a year. Giant antenna height of 150 meters and a length of 800 is the amount of electricity consumed, which was built almost close to the Cherno by lnuclear power plant and ceased its operation together with the explosion of the station. At the moment in Pripyat, including the foot radar carry excursion, but to get on the 150-meter run the risk of only a few.

Station study the ionosphere, Snakes,Ukraine

Almost before the collapse of the Soviet Union at Khar kovstation was built ionosphere research, which is a direct analogue of the American project HAARP in Alaska, successfully operates today. The complex consisted of several station antenna fields and giant parabolic antenna with a diameter of 25 meters, capable of radiating power of about 25 MW. But the young Ukrainian state advanced and very expensive, scientific equipment was useless, and the station was once the secret is now interested only stalkers and hunters, non-ferrous metals. And of lessons.

Abandoned particle accelerator,Moscow region

In the late 80’s agonizing Soviet Union decided to build a huge particle accelerator. The ring tunnel of 21 kilometers, which lies at a depth of 60 meters, and is now near Protvino near Moscow- the city of nuclear physicists. It’s less than a hundred kilometers from Moscow to Sim feropolhigh way. In the finished tunnel of the accelerator even started to bring the equipment, but then came the series of political upheavals and domestic “Hadron Collider” and left to rot in the ground.

The maritime city “Oil Rocks”,Azerbaijan

Union needed the oil and in the 40-ies of the last century in the Caspian Sea, 42 kilometers east of the Apsheron peninsula began its offshore crude. And around the first platform began to rise city, also located on the metal ramps and embankments. In the heyday of the open sea, 110 km from Baku electric power stations, nine-storey building dormitories, hospitals, recreation center, bread-baking and even lemonade workshop. Was among oilmen and a small park with real trees. Oil Rocks – is more than 200 fixed platforms and the length of the streets and lanes of the city into the sea up to 350 km. But cheap Siberian oil has made offshore production unprofitable and the village started to fall into disrepair. Today, it was home to only about 2 million people.

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