Abandoned coal mining town in Siberia: Kadykchan, Russia


It’s amazing just how many cities have been abandoned in Russia. Here’s another one for exploration.

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Deep in the Magadan region in remote Siberia, a coal mining town named Kadykchan was built by Gulag prisoners during World War II. At its peak, the town housed nearly 11,000 residents. By the early 1990s, the decreased demand for coal and the fall of the Soviet Union would see the town start to decrease in importance. A mine explosion in 1996 killed six people and prompted ownership to shut down the mines altogether.

Today, there are fewer than 200 people left in this remote town.  There are no services, winters are extremely harsh, and the only way into town requires traveling on a ghost highway.

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