Ghost town in Kazakhstan
• Ghost Town in Kazakhstan
City Alga - an open wound on Aktobe region map. The once large and prosperous city, gremevshego throughout the Soviet Union, now ekes out a miserable existence.
With the collapse of the Union, has stopped funding the main plant: workers cut and mill was surrounded by a fence. Live arteries feeding the entire city turned out to be severed, and then no one suspected that forever ...
The known alga was due to the chemical plant. Actually, this plant became the main enterprise. The best experts from all Soviet republics were sent here to work in the 40-ies
Getting Started in 1939, the factory for some couple of months became the largest industrial enterprise in the field, and then in the whole of the Kazakh SSR. By the way - this is the first-born of the chemical industry in Kazakhstan
Today, the former greatness of the plant resemble only eerie landscapes industrial music
After the mass unemployment Alqui swept wave of crimes. even cases of cannibalism were reported. The city was plunged into depression and despair. Residents threw their apartments and left whole families. Today in the town there are about 15 thousand people instead of the previous 40,000
After almost twenty years in Alga, little has changed. The plant is almost nothing left - the local population literally pilfered it piece by piece on the nonferrous metal. Culture Park littered with debris and abandoned houses remained standing in his place
not crowded the streets. All those who can work, have moved to work in Aktobe or leave on watch
In the city there were only those who could not find work. But those are not sitting idle. you can see the traders from early morning on Alga's main street, selling mostly seeds and knitted socks
Pensioner Anastasia Romanenko worked at the factory for forty years. On that terrible time when the plant is shut down, and people were out of work, she remembered hard. "Together with the closure of the factory, turned off the light and heating. People had campfires outside, warm water in the 30-degree cold and to cook "
Viktor Kovalev pensioner living in Alga with his wife for more than forty years
As a boy, Victor Panteleevich loved tinkering improvised all kinds of crafts. This hobby handy algintsu in the hungry post-perestroika times
Homemade windmill has helped Kovalev family survive. Wind power mill performs several functions - crushes grain and used as sandpaper. But most importantly - from wind power is being supplied
The mill - is not only one of the inventions Alga da Vinci. prewar GAZ-MM from the frame and cab, daring retiree assembled a car for three years
This is a real attraction algintsev! Auto has already managed to "light up" in the parade and even play in a film about the Great Patriotic War. "Despite the fact that this car is one in the area with our taxes fleece and inspection is required," - complains pensioner. "Alginets" as it is called your car Viktor Panteleevich, first and foremost, a working machine. If you need something to bring, they fled to for help Kovalev. "Alginets" - well done so many times we rescued! "
Despite his advanced age, Victor Panteleevich full of ideas. The latest invention of the pensioner - a mechanical chopper. "Weeding hoe normal - back can be overstrained. But here everything is working on gasoline - turned on and forth with a song! "
domashniy_byt__interer pensioner also equips himself
Artyom Osipov, who graduated from Aktobe journalism, lives in Alga. Artem mom, like many algintsy, working in shifts. The very man cares for a sick grandmother
Communication with the outside world the young people supported through the Internet. However, the connection speed is small - only 1, 5 kbits / s
The revival of Alga Artem does not believe. "Young people are drinking every day, because no prospects. There is no one to raise the city "
Former music teacher Andrey Ivanik lives on a disability pension. This twenty thousand tenge. "Money is small, but you can live. Others prepared and even less "
Music lessons Andrei Bogdanovich does not stop. In his home studio, gathered a few years, the musician composes his own songs. A little sad, and sad - all of them are devoted to native Alga
In addition to the infamous chemical plant, Alqui still known as a place where he studied Soviet cosmonaut Viktor Patsaev (Photo from personal archive Galina Patsaeva)
Sister cosmonaut, writer Galina Patsaeva, has written three books about her brother, lives in Aktobe, but childhood, like his brother, held in Alga. "We lived in Alga in the pre-war period, when the plant was built. City only grew, but the population, remember, was growing rapidly ... "
At the present time, few people remember the famous cosmonaut who tragically died while landing on the ground. The only remembrance - a museum in the local school, which also destroyed and looted after the restructuring
Alga future remains extremely ghostly. At the entrance to the town stands a rainbow poster, talking about the power and prosperity of Kazakhstan. Here are just algintsam from this is not easier ...