'Soviet grandeur has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland': Haunting photos show once-thriving industrial towns in the USSR that have been left to ruin (18 Pics)

They were once thriving industrial towns in Soviet-controlled Kyrgyzstan with vast factories, busy coal mines and grand houses.
But haunting pictures show that they are now post-apocalyptic wastelands, their populations having largely deserted them following the collapse of the USSR in 1991.
The eerie images were taken by Dutch photographer Thijs Broekkamp, who has been travelling through central Asia to explore its landscape, culture, people and history.

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