‘Been exploring the “Military Town” section of Kandalaksha today

Most of the photos below are of the “Officers House”, built in the late 1930s, served as the town’s major concert hall till 2010, then the army was unable to maintain and closed it after which the best building in Kandalaksha went through a series of fires that damaged it beyond repair. The last one was in March or April 2013.

Now the building is used as a dangerous playground for tough Russian kids. Towards the end of the series of photos you’ll see some looking down from what remains of the roof. Stairs lack railing and invite anyone with a suicidal tendency or just a dizziness spell to a 30 foot drop.

Fire 21 April 2013, when the building was damaged almost beyond hope. Weather and vandals will soon do the rest.

The one next door (6-8 photos at the very end) is what’s left of the military hospital. Lots more ruins, especially in this part of town, but the Officers House is the most spectacular of them all.

Northern cranks

neapol_sbornikOne of my articles about “arctic biological stations and weirdos who set them up at the time when a reasonable man would be busy saving his behind”.

Nataliya A. Goryashko, Sergei I. Fokin. Konstantin Karlovitch Saint-Hilaire (1866-1941) and His Biological Station at the White Sea (1911-1940) // Groeben Ch. (ed.). Places, People, Tools: Oceanography in the Mediterranean and Beyond. Proc. VIII Intern. Cong. History Oceanog. Pub. Staz. Zool.Anton Dohrn. 2013. T.IV. Read article>>

Pasha vs. Alexandra


Pasha in the White Sea mud that’s considered to cure a multitude of medical conditions but remained powerles against bad attitude.

Uncle Pasha – the main but not fortunately not the only creative force behind this site – has a peculiar quirk in how he sees things. The place where he is at the moment is declared the deepest shithole of them all. Facts he quotes are usually true taken by themselves but their selection is highly biased. I’ve seen him describe the difficulties and idiocies of village living in central Russia. Then he he switched to describing the most disgusting parts of Moscow, or presenting its beauties in the most unappealing way. And now Kandalaksha is his target. I ask our readers to make a mental correction for Pasha’s mental set. If looking for information, you are most welcomed to contact me, not him. Of course I will have to get our inhouse misomaniac to translate what I ma find but I will closely monitor that he injects none of his usual plentiful venom. Otherwise, with the main writer doing all to scare potential travellers away from this unique corner of Russia, the Kandalaksha project is not likely to work.

With a positive difference,