The photos were taken by the NordSkif & Co Urban Exploration Group. They are photographers and explorers based in Russia. The NordSkif & Co has been documenting urban decay, industrial abandonments, and rural decomposition since 2010.
Only a very small proportion of the population in the USSR owned cars. Because of the widespread lack of any mode of private transport, most Soviet citizens traveled via public transport. Soviet bus-transport, throughout most of the history of the Soviet Union, was controlled either by the regional or the republican branches of the Ministry of Transport. In the mid-1980s the government initiated a program for compressed-gas energy for buses.
By 1988 only 1.2 percent of buses used gas energy, while 30 percent used diesel. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Soviet buses began to rapidly lose their relevance. The process was gradual, but somehow imperceptibly Soviet-made buses became less and less common on the roads of the cities.
During the Soviet period, one of the city’s bus depots was located here, but with the collapse of the USSR, the local infrastructure collapsed. The factories closed and the people left. The bus depot served the industrial part of the city, and with the closure of factories, there was no reason to transport people, and then there was nothing.
What I can say for sure is that many routes in the USSR were subsidized and did not bring profit. Having found themselves in the conditions of the market and greatly reduced budgets, many directions of public transport have gone into oblivion. Sometimes as a result of the low return on transportation routes like it happened with the Soviet trolleybus system in Armenia.
Similar campsites of an abandoned place could be found throughout the former USSR, but in most cases such graveyards managed to disappear, although somewhere, such as here, they have survived to our time.
Expert on Urban Planning and Abandoned Places
|Mr. Gregory Hooqe is a highly experienced expert on Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. Mr. Gregory Hooqe has been focusing on Urban Development since 2000 and has written extensively on the subject.|
He was awarded the 2009 Korea Foundation Professional Award for his research on Korean Smart Cities, as well as the 2016 Korea Development Institute, Global Ambassador Award for SD and Innovation