Friday, June 20, 2014

Splendid isolation?

We'll Live And Die In These Towns, the title of sub-Oasis landfill lad indie plodders The Enemy's debut album in 2007, was (I suspect) a reference to smalltown ennui rather than to the closed cities of the Soviet Union, but it would have been apt for the latter. Not only did the Soviet Union erect an Iron Curtain across Europe to cut itself off from the West, but it also erected miniature versions within the USSR to seal off cities that were home to sensitive military and strategic facilities. Ksenia Yurkova's photos of Zarechny give a snapshot of life in one former closed city, but amazingly access remains restricted to many of them to this day.

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