How do people live today in Kolyma

How do people live today in Kolyma

Photos and text by Sergey Anashkevich

Kolyma. For many, this word causes only one stable association, adjacent to a very definite desire or not desire: “No, you are better to us.”

It all comes from those dark and difficult times, when political prisoners were sent here first, and after Stalin’s death, every scum to hammer in the permafrost, build roads through the tundra, mine gold and create a hotbed of life in this region that is not the most favorable for life.

These times are over. One by one, Kolyma camps with zones disappeared, the XXI century came and where people used to build barracks with log roads on their bones, people live today. They also develop gold and silver mines, harvest fish and caviar, and withstand the harsh climate, 50-degree frost and endless winter.

Do their living conditions differ today? Differ. But they also differ from the living conditions of many of us living in comfort, a favorable climate, surrounded by the benefits of civilization. How much? See these photos and evaluate yourself.

one.This is not a post on the topic: "How bad is life in Kolyma." In spite of everything, I did not have a feeling of hopelessness, decay, and "all the vagaries." Yes, there is a lot of tin. Yes, everything is not the same as on the Garden Ring, where I live. But here, on the Kolyma, it is better than in Torzhok, Kostroma or the Crimean Ptashkino ...

So,villages Omsukchan and Dukat, the backwoods of the Magadan region. From Magadan to these villages is 570 kilometers and there is no further road, only tundra, endless hills and bears ...

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2. Both Dukat and Omsukchan appeared in the 60-70s of the last century, when geologists found in these places the largest silver deposit in the USSR. Of course, on the site of future developments, the workers' settlements immediately grew, which eventually turned into ordinary urban-type settlements with five-storey buildings, a bank, a school, shops and even a swimming pool.

Then there was the collapse of the USSR, the stagnation of the economy and many of the villages isolated from civilization simply died out. Even on the way here there are several such ghost villages, from which people fled, leaving behind houses, property, and even cars.

But Dukat and Omsukchanov survived and gradually begin to come to life again. Although the former legacy can be seen immediately from the entrance ...It is amazing how these huge mosaic panels were preserved on residential buildings, in the climate, where after only one or two winters, any facade work ceases to be noticeable due to the hellish winds and frost.

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3. Yes, to be born here and live all my life is true fate ... I stood for a long time beside this banner on the wall of the house and just looked at it. How nice that I have a different fate and I just came here on business and in a short time I will leave ...

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4. The central street is called the same as in the year of the city's laying. In the name of Vladimir Ilyich. Nothing has changed. Only signs with the name of the street and the house number change like annual rings of trees.

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5. As I said at the top of this post, everything is not so bad here. There is mining (by the way, it is customary to say here DObycha), which means the city lives. Moreover, the city is developing, money is invested in it and this is noticeably much in what. Take at least new bright playgrounds. This is not some kind of one playground in a single yard, built either with the money of desperate residents, or for showing off. They are all over the village! And, as I understood from communication with local residents, children play on them ...

Yes, there are a lot of children here! This means that everything is not so bad, and this moment pushes the “decay” bar further away.

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6. Or take separate residential buildings.They are veneered, insulated, repaired ...

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07. But, nevertheless, there is still enough decay and hopelessness here. Otherwise, the dogs would not have fallen into huge flocks near the factory canteens in anticipation of handouts.

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08. Yes, and a walk through the streets of Omsukchan does not add optimism. Although in absolute despondency, she also does not plunge. Somehow there is some kind of balance here. Amazing.

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09. Life here is, of course, harsh. The climate is still. And you feel it at every turn. Even looking at the photos, sitting in Moscow, I feel that penetrating cold and prickly snow wind with my skin.

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10. Not everyone has enough money for double-glazed windows, so people insulate windows as they can ...

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11. But you can not buy a refrigerator at home and save up for a double-glazed window faster

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12. In all entrances there are similar announcements. For the left open door to the entrance it is possible and to get, there were cases ...

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13. Ordinary urban landscape in Omsukchane.

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14. The store is open. Shop for sale. Generally, to be honest, absolutely everything is for sale here. If you go to any resident and offer to buy his apartment or local business, it seems to me that he will accept the offer without hesitation. Although, maybe I'm wrong. But the feeling is the number of ads and signs "for sale".

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15. The usual local grocery store.

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16. Laundry "Bearded Snow White".

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17There is Sber !!! So all is not lost for this city. McDuck, Burgerking, Pyaterochka and Guetta no. Excuse me...

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18. But there is a pool! The most modern swimming pool. This company Polymetal, which develops silver deposits and today is the city-forming enterprise, has built a center of gravity for its residents within a radius of 500 kilometers. As you understand, playgrounds and house insulation are also her own business.

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19. And in Omsukchan for the weekend they block the main street, making it pedestrian!

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20. Local bank, competitor Sberu. Lives since the terry Soviet times

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21. Next door is a residential house from the same era. In Soviet times, it was the center of Omsukchana and this two-story building opposite the bank was considered elite ...

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22. Now you can hardly call it elite. Judging by the fact that the trash residents throw out right at the entrance to the entrance. Looking at the snow-covered garbage bags, it is terrible to think how beautiful it will be at the entrance in June, when the snow melts.

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23. Warming windows in Kolymsky. I can imagine how here it blows from the windows, if you don’t pull on the windows.

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24. Another snowdrop. In general, both in Magadan and in the region it is more than a common phenomenon: the snow storage of cars. And do not steal, and on winter tires savings.

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25. Girls.By the way, there are no cereal establishments in the city, I found out. As the local youth is having fun, one can only guess.

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26. And yet there are no problems with housing. Moreover, neither with the new nor the secondary fund. Mass housing. Come in - live! Some five-story buildings do stand empty. And some houses are partially populated: in some, the lived-in staircase adjoins to a completely empty staircase, in others, the uninhabited windows over the residential floors are gaped with unglazed windows. This is our reality.

Populated houses are side by side with empty, which are clearly visible on the gaping dips of the windows.

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27. On the first floor, people live here. Nobody lives on the floors above. I can imagine how cold it is in residential apartments, because there are unheated apartments on top, and the ceiling, unlike walls and floors, is much more difficult to insulate.

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28. New building, which is still waiting for its customers. You do not see what he looks shabby. In these places, all the buildings look like this a year or two after construction. All because of severe winds and frosts.

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29. Some apartments are occupied, some are abandoned. Residents of neighboring, residential, deliberately lay windows with bricks in them so that the wind would not go there, the snow would not fall and the water would not drip from the ceiling when the snow melted in June.

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30. It is surprising that with so many vacant housing, someone else is trying to sell something.Well, who buys, causes even more surprise.

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31. And, as can be seen from the announcement, any options for sale are considered. Just to get at least something and get out of here ...

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32. So people live in these places. Without much frills, but with a pool, faith in the future and your destiny.

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