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  1. Ryan K Biddulph
    June 28, 2018 @ 4:51 pm

    This is a way cool list. We all know Russia has ample secrets. Hey; I just finished watching The Americans 😉 Foreigners cannot get close I know but I have fun just reading about ’em and seeing your images in the post. I feel like each city is dripping with mystery.

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    • dankiteski
      June 29, 2018 @ 1:25 am

      Absolutely, these cities are an absolute mystery and we can’t do much more than guessing what’s going on there 😀

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  2. Anna
    July 2, 2018 @ 9:22 am

    Hi, interesting article. I have spent quite some time in Russia and never heard about these places.
    One of the signs in your pics shows a pre- reform russian, it’s pretty rare to see.

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    • dankiteski
      July 4, 2018 @ 12:13 am

      Thanks for the comment, Anna. I guess Russia is so huge, one can find old boards with pre-reform orthography in some remote areas.

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  3. Lydia
    July 2, 2018 @ 1:33 pm

    This is is the first time I am hearing about these Russian cities and I found your list very intriguing, Dan! Isn’t it even possible to go there as a tourist?

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    • dankiteski
      July 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Lydia. Indeed all of these cities are very intriguing. Visiting is possible but only with acquiring a permit from the FSS (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation), which is basically a successor of the KGB.

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  4. Charlotte Swinnerton
    September 28, 2018 @ 5:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea about this! Thank you for sharing such a wealth of information, I would love to visit some day (if I’m allowed)

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

      Thank you, Charlotte. It’s very difficult to get to these cities even for Russian residents but let’s hope things change soon 🙂

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  5. Rakesh Kumar
    September 28, 2018 @ 5:40 pm

    nice informative article, keep it up

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 7:44 pm

      Thank you, Rakesh

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  6. Ee Sing
    September 29, 2018 @ 12:26 am

    This is so much knowledge added for me. Even though we are unable to visit these cities, i like how you share it out and make it known so we do know people living there exist. Thanks for sharing this out!

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 7:45 pm

      Thank you for your comment, I’m really glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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  7. Michelle
    September 29, 2018 @ 12:32 am

    Great article. This is right up my husband’s alley! He loves history and travel. We can only hope that one day, these cities are opened to all of us so that we can have a chance to visit. In the summer, of course! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

      I hope that you get the chance to visit too Michelle but I think they won’t get open until the secrets hidden behind them are moved somewhere else 😛

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  8. Reeva
    September 29, 2018 @ 3:11 am

    Wow! I had no idea these places even existed. Russia is so mysterious as a destination.

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

      Every country has its own mysterious spots and stories but these were too fascinating and just had to write a few words about them

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  9. Ženja
    September 29, 2018 @ 3:37 am

    I find it so interesting that these cities still exist! This year we travelled by train through Russia and met a guy who lived in one of these.. He said that what they have underneath (mining, I guess) was even bigger than the city itself.. Thanks for the interesting post!

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:01 pm

      Indeed, Ženja. Which city was the guy from? I also spoke to a lot of locals but my impression was that even they don’t know what exactly goes on in these cities.

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  10. Anna
    September 29, 2018 @ 10:35 am

    Hi Dan, very interesting list! Thanks for sharing,I think it will give travellers some inspiration for off the beaten track travel! I’m curious to know, have you managed to visit these places yourself and if so, how?

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:07 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Anna! I’m glad you find my article inspirational. As for your question, I spent some time living in Russia and heard a lot of stories from the locals. I only visited a couple of these cities after a lot of hustling (the permits weren’t easy to get) and I wrote about the other ones based on the things I heard from the locals. Since there wasn’t any information about most of these cities on the internet, I just had to publish this article 🙂

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  11. Anjali W
    September 29, 2018 @ 12:37 pm

    This is such an interesting post. I never knew that there were some closed cities in Russia. These lands might be serving special causes for the government there. Every country has their own mysteries.

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 7:48 pm

      Indeed, every country has their own mysteries, Anjali. I’m glad you could learn a few new things about Russia’s most mysterious towns 🙂

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  12. Arunima Dey
    September 29, 2018 @ 1:04 pm

    Very informative post! It all looks so mysterious. The fact that they are forbidden for foreigners (or you need a special permit at-least) makes you want to go even more! Mirny doen’t even look like something out of a sci-fi, dystopian love. I love the way you gave the history behind each place.

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:02 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Arunima and I’m really glad you enjoyed the article. Indeed, the fact that they are forbidden makes them even more attractive for visiting!

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  13. Sinjana Ghosh
    September 29, 2018 @ 3:10 pm

    I always love the in-depth study done behind your posts. This list is so intriguing! Hiding so many cities with people living in them from the world.

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    • dankiteski
      September 29, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

      Thank you, Sinjana! I really appreciate it and I’m glad you enjoyed the article 🙂

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  14. John
    September 30, 2018 @ 1:41 am

    This is very interesting. I never knew but would certainly assume a lot of the old communists country’s have something similar to this. I would love to see the inside though of these places.

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    • dankiteski
      September 30, 2018 @ 11:30 pm

      Thank you for your comment, John. I have heard about a lot of example from former communist countries but I don’t think any other country has still hidden cities today 🙂

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  15. Janine Thomas
    September 30, 2018 @ 4:58 pm

    What an interesting article. I really had no idea that such cities still existed. UFO’s and nuclear bases are the stuff movies are made of. There must be a script in here somewhere! 🙂

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    • dankiteski
      October 1, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

      Indeed they do but they are kept so well you can barely find any information about them on the internet 🙂

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  16. Maria
    September 30, 2018 @ 6:42 pm

    Wow! This is one of the most interesting articles I have read these days! The idea of entire cities being hidden from the world is inconceivable! We’d love to visit at least one of them some day!

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    • dankiteski
      October 1, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Maria and I’m really happy to hear that. That’s the main reason why I write after all 🙂

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  17. SuBhaSun
    October 1, 2018 @ 7:06 am

    Ohh! This is quite an interesting post. I never knew about this before. I think all the nuclear power countries have something similar. Photograph of Mirny absolutely left me awe-struck!

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    • dankiteski
      October 1, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

      Perhaps you’re right. I guess we’ll never know if there are or what hides behind them 🙂

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  18. Mohana and Aninda
    October 1, 2018 @ 9:53 am

    Russia is so full of secrets! What a cool list! I wonder what the residents feel about living in a town where no visitors are welcome.

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  19. Richa
    October 1, 2018 @ 11:13 am

    Daniel this is a very intriguing post. I had never heard of these places. With a cosmodrome, Mirny sounds like a place my kids would have loved to visit!!

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    • dankiteski
      October 1, 2018 @ 1:22 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Richa. I’m really glad you liked it 🙂

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  20. Noa
    October 1, 2018 @ 1:53 pm

    I’m so happy I found this article! I love history, especially interested in the cold war. I never heard about those lost cities. It will be super interesting to get to know the people that left in those towns. Listen to their opinions about the west and their experience in their communities

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Noa. I’m really glad you liked this article 🙂 Indeed it’s a fascinating topic

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  21. Alex Trembath
    October 1, 2018 @ 3:20 pm

    How fascinating. I knew about the closed cities during the Soviet era but wasn’t aware that any still existed! Do you know how difficult it would be to get one of the permits to visit as a traveller?

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  22. Yen
    October 2, 2018 @ 4:44 am

    Enjoyed reading this article more than I expected. It’s not hard to tell you’re an adventurous person. Russia remains a stranger for me as I didn’t do much research on it. Seems like an interesting country full of mysteries.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:12 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Yen. I hope you get the chance to visit Russia soon and discover some of its mysteries 🙂

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  23. Joanne
    October 2, 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    Great post! This is fascinating. I never even considered that there would be secret cities anywhere! The photo of Mirny is incredible. All these plutonium and nuclear based cities are a little scary.

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    • dankiteski
      October 3, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Joanne. I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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  24. Vanessa | Wanders Miles
    October 5, 2018 @ 10:30 am

    I had no idea about these towns – if someone tells me places are hard to get to it makes me want to go more. This blog is fascinating!

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    • dankiteski
      October 5, 2018 @ 4:53 pm

      I know, right? 😀 Thank you, I really appreciate it

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