In the 1980’s there was a resurgence of immigration from the rural Siberian villages into the big cities. In 20 years the number of villages in the Western part of Siberia with less than 200 residents decreased by 50 percent.(Ryvkina) The rural population of the whole Soviet Union decreased from 130.2 to 97.7 million from 1939-1989.(Siegelbaum) The reasoning behind this decrease population includes the better lifestyle which the city offers. As depicted in the picture above many of these villages had poor roads and some probably didn’t even have roads which made their villages inaccessible. As also depicted in the images above the government did not fix these issues for the villagers. The disappearing of the villages is impart a result of the unsatisfied soviet farmer, the government failed to enact policies to improve the life style of those who live in rural areas.
These villages remained underdeveloped as a cause of the government’s ill-adequate expenses being directed to these villages. (Ryvkina) These villagers see no other choice but to move towards larger villages are even make the travel to a city. Which, nevertheless, resulted in a plethora of villages becoming ghost towns.
To view a photo collection of Russian villages by Gennady Bodrov click here.