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A pastoral lost: the withering of Russia's old Soviet farms and villages
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, world
Strewn with abandoned buildings, ruined grain silos, and muddy streets lined with empty, tumbledown Russian-style cottages, this community is mostly a ghost town. Pyotr Volkov and his wife Natasha are already pensioners, yet they are the youngest inhabitants here. Perhaps due to a bureaucratic error, Komsomolskoye still has a functioning post office. read more


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