Amazing Photos Of Abandoned Soviet Infrastructure Will Show You The Meaning Of Desolate

​​When the snow reclaims a nation

From 2013 to 2015, Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko traveled thousands of miles to some of the most remote regions of the country to photograph once-proud structures of the Soviet Union that have fallen into ruin. The collection, titled Restricted Areas, focuses on society's desire to create utopia through advances in science and technology. The photos serve as a reminder of what can happen when a nation reaches too far. As Tkachenko writes on his own website:

"I travel in search of places which used to have great importance for the technical progress—and which are now deserted. Those places lost their significance together with the utopian ideology which is now obsolete. Secret cities that cannot be found on maps, forgotten scientific triumphs, abandoned buildings of almost inhuman complexity. The perfect technocratic future that never came."

The striking photos will be on display from September 15 to October 29 at the Fotogalerie Friedrichshain in Berlin. You can learn more about Tkachenko and his work by visiting his website and his Facebook page.

From: Popular Mechanics
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A Forgotten Plane

Airplane–amphibia with vertical take-off VVA14. The USSR built only two of them in 1976, one of which has crashed during transportation.

Abandoned Homes

Former residential buildings in a deserted polar scientific town specialized on biological research.

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An Outdated Antenna

Tropospheric antenna in the north of Russia–the type of connection which has become obsolete. There were many of them built in far North, all of them deserted at the moment.

The Cultural Center of a Ghost Town

Former mining town which has been closed and made a bombing trial field. The building on the photo shows the cultural center, one of the objects for bombing.

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The Remains of Industry

Pumpjacks on a spent oil field.

Where Rockets Were Made

City where rocket engines were being produced in Soviet times. Was a closed city until 1992.

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A Shuttered Telescope

Deserted observatory.

A Former Stronghold

Former military base on the island, with an underground bunker.

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A Beached Submarine

The world's largest diesel submarine.

A Farfetched Plan

Antenna built for interplanetary connection. The Soviet Union was planning to build bases on other planets, and prepared facilities for connection which were never used and are deserted now.