A town in Siberia, abandoned. Warren Ellis linked to these eerie photos. A little bit of digging reveals the bleak story behind them, and more digging shows a couple of photos from happier days.

"Kadykchan is closed," bellowed the local administration chief. Move away now, "or refuse everything and live here as Robinson Crusoe."

Undaunted, the final holdouts of Kadykchan said they were prepared to make a last stand against resettlement from their frigid corner of Russia’s far north. Never mind the Mad Max-in-the-Arctic vista, the ruined landscape of burned-out houses and caved-in roofs where a prosperous Soviet coal-mining town once stood. They were being offered too little, too late to give up their crumbling apartments.

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