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What once were the symbols of Russia’s Cold War military might, now are abandoned, eerie ghosts in the snow.
These stunning images are part of the Restricted Areas, the photo project by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, which shows lost remnants of the USSR‘s materiel and technology programmes.
This is how Tkachenko describes the project:
The project “Restricted Areas” is about utopian strive of humans for technological progress. Humans are always trying to own ever more than they have – this is the source of technical progress, which was the means to create various commodities, standards, as well as the tools of violence in order to keep the power over others. Any progress comes to its end earlier or later, it can happen due to different reasons – nuclear war, economic crisis or natural disaster. For me, it’s interesting to witness what is left after.
Tkachenko spent three months travelling Russia in the depths of winter in order to complete the photo series.
Tkachenko won the World Press Photo award for his work and Restricted Areas will be published in November.
See the haunting images below and check out more of his work on his website.