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Tombstones of Empire

The promised Soviet pictures. This is one of their guard towers:



A foundation for a building, near my camp:



I am for some reason fascinated by this garage, probably because it still has vehicles in it:




My favourite building on base, the old Soviet air traffic control tower. Now it's the MWR (recreation centre) for the USAF, because they always get nice things:

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crocotiger
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
I have a strange feeling looking at these buildings. I know that architecture very well, it is the same inside Russia as abroad. Soviet troops entered Afghanistan in 1979. That time there were special officers in Soviet Army responsible for explaining to soldiers, why they were where they were. These people are called zampolits. Well, in 1980s zampolits told, 'OR-OR. If not Soviets troops are in Afghanistan, then Americans do.' Soldiers believed that. In 1990s everybody in USSR made fun of these old explanations. In 2000s everybody forgot them. Twelve years passed, you see, it's much for human memory. But the fact is, zampolits were quite right. Americans are in Afghanistan, and even in the same buildings.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2010 09:24 pm (UTC)
Believe me, those same thoughts cross through my head often. I'm working in a new, American-built building now, but from late October to early December I worked in a Soviet aircraft hangar that had been converted to have offices in it. So I suppose we're next to be evicted from that country.
lucy_indisguise
Jan. 14th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
The pictures are fascinating
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