How do people live today in Kolyma

Kolyma. For many, this word causes only one stable association, adjacent to a very specific desire. Or not by the desire: "No, better you come 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 resist 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.
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So that there are no omissions and accusations of clickback topics, I will make a reservation right away: this is not a post on the topic, "How bad is life in Kolyma." Despite everything, I didn’t have a feeling of hopelessness, decay and omnipotence. Yes, tin is not enough. Yes, it's not like the Garden Ring, where I live. But here, on the Kolyma, it is better than in Torzhok, Kostroma or the Crimean Ptashkino ...
So, the villages of Omsukchan and Dukat, the backwoods of the Magadan region. From Magadan to these 570 kilometers and further there is no road, only tundra, endless hills and bears ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

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 townships with five-story 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 similar ghost villages, from which people fled, leaving behind houses, property, and even cars.
But Dukat and Omsukchanov survived and little by little they begin to come alive again. Although the former legacy can be seen immediately from the entrance ...
It is amazing how these huge mosaic panels appeared on the houses, in the climate, where after only one or two winters, any facade work ceases to be noticeable due to the hellish winds and frosts.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Yeah, being born here and extending your whole life is true fate ...
I stood for a long time near 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 ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

The central street is called the same as in the year of the city's laying.
In the name of Vladyria Ilyich. Nothing has changed. Only the signs with the name of the street and the house number change like the rings of epochs like the annual rings of trees.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

In general, the first emotion about Omsukchane was this picture. The fact is that we arrived here when it was already dark, and the first thing I saw from my window in the morning was this snowdrop in the yard ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

But ... 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! So, everything is not so bad, and this moment pushes the “decay” bar further away.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Or take separate houses. They are veneered, insulated, repaired ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

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.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

And a walk through the streets of Omsukchan does not add optimism. Although in absolute despondency, she also does not plunge.
Somehow there is a balance. Amazing.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

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.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Not everyone has enough money for double-glazed windows, so people insulate windows as they can ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

But you can not buy a refrigerator at home and quickly save up for a double-glazed window
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

In all entrances hang similar ads. For the left open door to the entrance it is possible and to get, there were cases ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

The usual urban landscape in Omsukchane.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

The store is open. Shop for sale.
Generally, to be honest, absolutely everything is for sale here. If you approach any resident and offer to buy his apartment or local business, it seems to me that he will accept the proposal without hesitation ... Although, maybe I am mistaken. But the feeling is the number of ads and signs "for sale"
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Regular local grocery store.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Laundry "Bearded Snow White".
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

There is Sber !!! So all is not lost for this city. McDuck, Burgerking, Pyaterochka and Guetta no. Excuse me...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

But there is a pool!
The most modern swimming pool. This company Polymetal, which develops silver deposits and today is a 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.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

And in Omsukchan for the weekend they block the main street, making it pedestrian!
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Local bank competitor Sberu. Lives since the terry Soviet times
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Next door is a dwelling 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 ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Now its elite hardly name. Judging by the fact that the trash residents throw out right at the entrance to the entrance.
Looking at the garbage bags sprinkled with snow, it is terrible to think how beautiful it will be at the entrance in June when the snow melts ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

Warming windows in Kolyma. I can imagine how here it blows from the windows, if you don’t pull on the windows.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

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 ...
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

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.
How people live today on Kolyma here, villages, when, life, just, today, then, you can, Dukat, this, for sale, Generally, decay, Omsukchane, only, elite, Differ, climate, places, pool

So people live in these places.

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