Ghost settlement appears in Russia's North

09:35, 13 January 2021
Ghost settlement appears in Russia's North Photo: Market square, Vorkuta. /

Municipal authorities have disconnected the Sovetsky micro-district, formally part of Vorkuta (Komi Republic), from communications to save resources. The last residents of the settlement, located 14 km from the city, left it just before 2021.

Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports that Sovetsky was built in 1954 near the Yun-Yaga mine. In the best years, it had a population of 6,000-7,000 people, but after the mine was closed in the 1990s, people began to leave the northern territory. The last 50 residents moved to Vorkuta in December.

Vorkuta has used the practice of closing settlements like Sovetsky for 20 years. The strategy of compacting the housing stock helps use it rationally. So, when the majority of residents leave an apartment building, only a few people remain there. It is not profitable to maintain a whole house for their sake, so people move to another.