Russian Bunkers Back in Business

July 31, 2009

Thanks, to North Korea’s recent antics, Russia is planning to reactivate the 266 shelters which surround the Eastern city of Vladivostok.

With rockets flying just a few hundred kilometers away, Russian officials find it necessary to keep these shelters operational.

Vladivostok has more bunkers than any other city in the country, but only half are judged to be of use if a nuclear strike would occure. One of the shelters was reserved for top officials and used to boast oak doors and expensive furniture.

“Unlike standard bomb shelters where people would be sitting in their hundreds with no space to stretch their legs, this facility had separate rooms for family members, servants and staff,” said Artur Romanenko, director of the Vladivostok Digger Club. “They could live here for two months with no contact with the outside world.”This luxury bunker now sits in ruins, after being decommissioned in 2000 and subsequintly looted.

The Soviet Union spent many decades in a state of constant fear, anticipating attacks from Japan or the US.

After the fall of the communist regime, the pressed for cash government stopped maintenanceon these bunkers. Today, they provide the country with healthy dividends as they are being rented to artists, stores, bakeries, restaurants and nightclubs.“Renting out these shelters helps towards the maintenance costs, but at the same time they are ready to accept victims in case of emergency,” said Yury Sidelnikov from the Emergency Situations Ministry.

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