Resettlement and subsequent demolition of an entire area called Kamushki began near the City towers of Moscow International Business Center.
Urban explorers from ComDig | Urban Exploration visited that abandoned houses and made a great photo report about it.
The plans for the resettlement of this micro-district appeared in the early 1990s, immediately after the location for the future Moscow-City business center was determined. In 2005, the former mayor of the capital, Yuri Luzhkov, adopted a resolution on the development of a scheme for relocating houses in the Kamushki micro-district. The creation of the scheme took another 3 years and was completed only in 2008. The global financial crisis that broke out then pushed back plans for the resettlement of Kamushki until 2020.
Once again, the residents of that micro-district were remembered in October 2012, after numerous pickets and repeated raising of the issue at meetings of the Mayor’s Office and the Moscow City Duma. A new resettlement place was determined for the construction of a municipal residential complex for the resettlement of Moscow’s Kamushki micro-district: the territory of the former Krasnaya Presnya machine-building plant.
A few more years passed, the buildings of the plant were demolished, and a new residential complex was actually built in its place, though not a municipal, but a commercial one. The apartments in that complex were put up for sale and were no longer intended for the residents of Kamushki.
For the owners of apartments in Kamushki ( which did not even have hot water supply) a huge new house was built 500 meters from their former houses, on Mukomolny Proyezd. Resettlement began in 2019 and continued throughout 2020.
In November 2020, the territory of the micro-district was almost completely surrounded by an iron fence. Thus, preparations began for the demolition of the houses. By this time, almost all five-storey buildings had already been settled, only a few apartments in each of the houses remained residential.
Until now, people live inside some of the five-story buildings of Kamushki — there are lights inside rooms of one or two apartments. However, probably although it is likely that a local private security company staff now lives inside those apartments. They just protect the abandoned apartments from vandals.
Under the windows, there are cars abandoned by residents, under which a new life has already appeared. The green truck of Moscow’s Traffic Management Center every 10 minutes brings another abandoned car to the parking lot. What will happen with those car is still unknown.
The houses will be demolished soon. After resettlement, several fires have occurred in the apartments, so in many houses, the windows of the first floors were boarded up with boards and desks.
Pits for new construction will appear on the site of former residential buildings. Now only cats remained in that micro-district. Those cats are fed daily by an old grandmother.
Lived there for 44 years. Yes, we moved to the industrial zone at Mukomolny — some people got additional apartment meters in their new house, others almost nothing. The resettlement process makes us unhappy! They built four “anthills”, 45 floors each, windows open only for airing, there are no balconies, and long roads with trains and noise around — we sleep with the window closed! Bad resettlement!From comments on social networks
Apparently, many local residents lived here much more comfortably than in a new place. Those dissatisfied with the resettlement were evicted from their apartments through the courts, leaving them no choice. Of course, many can sell new apartments and move to another area, but it seems that this is difficult to do when they had lived the whole life in the very center in a quiet courtyard.
Urban explorers managed to get into the abandoned houses. Inside is a mess. All apartments were opened long ago. Each door is removed from its hinges and obediently stands nearby. The entrances are no different from those in the sleeping areas: paint cracked on the ceilings, Internet cables are visible.
The interiors in the apartments are different: somewhere a double-glazed window has been installed and a cosmetic repair has been made, in others – the ceiling, smooth walls have been stretched, European-quality repairs have been made and even the apartment has been redeveloped. Here, many made one of two rooms, turning scanty square meters into a spacious studio.
As I mentioned above, there was no hot water in the houses, so a gas boiler was installed in the kitchen of each apartment. In many apartments, it looks very scary, as if an old dinosaur, which went through fire, water and copper pipes, hangs with a burnt body over the sink or countertop.
Of course, most of the apartments are without any renovation. Apparently, people believed in resettlement every year, so they saw no point in spending money on something that very soon, according to officials, should be demolished and turned into dust.
In the kitchens, there are remnants of Soviet interiors, iron cups, and boards with drawings that were burned by hand back in the USSR. All this contrasts with the view from the window, behind which new-fashioned skyscrapers with their endless offices and expensive apartments rise hundreds of meters into the sky. Almost all the doors of the apartments are wooden. They have not been changed since the construction of the house, but there are also iron ones. Let’s look behind one of these doors.
However, some abandoned apartments with a new good renovation. The wall was demolished and redevelopment was made. It is immediately evident that people are tired of living in the Soviet interior and have made repairs for themselves, although, perhaps, the apartment was rented out to someone. This will remain a mystery.
A lot of vintage items, Soviet antiques, and just things that are simply necessary in the household remained in the apartments. All this is gradually being pulled apart by knowledgeable people. I think this is the right thing to do because it’s better than all this is sent under a bulldozer, and then – in the crushed form to a landfill. After all, if the owners abandoned their things during the move, considering them unnecessary, and did not bother to distribute them for free or sell them on their own, then let knowledgeable people do it for them. What do you think?
One gets the feeling that people left their apartments in a hurry, as if they were rushed and given one hour to move. Clothes and shoes, plates and dishes, furniture and plumbing – everything is in its place. Even public transport cards have been forgotten. Many have left their work passes. Apparently, they will not be useful in a new life.
Boxes with over-earned by their labor are lying in the corridors as if the owners hoped to return later for them, but something did not work out. Most likely, elderly people lived in many of the apartments here. I draw such conclusions from the appearance of the furnishings of the apartments and the objects left inside.
Of course, you will say that half of Russia lives in such “Moscow evicted houses”. And you will be right! This place is no different from any sleeping area in our vast country. Unless the view from the window to the business center makes it unusual, but inside the apartments, everything is the same as in other Russians.
Here is such a “monument” of the Soviet era stands right at the foot of the business center and will soon be erased from the face of the city. Surely not even all native Muscovites knew about this small area in the heart of the capital.
Of course, it’s not for me to judge what it was like to live in these houses and whether moving to new apartments is better. Finally, I want to say that I did not try to offend anyone in this article. This is just a big photo report about how ordinary people lived in their cozy apartments.