The recreated city you are about to see is a fictional one that could possibly be located along the Russian or Ukrainian coast. The time of year is a mild December on a cold, bleak, cloudy day. The year is 1975.
We begin this tour of this small city with a humbling shot of the mighty factories located at the delta of the short shipping canal that splits the town in half into two micro-districts, Polovina Zapada and Levyi Bort.
The factories located here are textile mills and chemical manufacturing plants.
Beyond that are the prefabricated flats which the working comrades and their families inhabit.
Nearby, schoolchildren milk the rest of the "snowless" part of the brutal Russian winter dry by enjoying a game of soccer. A good way to warm the blood up on a chilly December afternoon.
Other than the flurries of activity in the local park, stores were busy after a new shipment of cigarettes arrived in the morning causing many a worker to hastily purchase them on their way to work. Most employees kept them in their pockets or locked in the trunk of the car to prevent the valuable tobacco from being stolen.
Besides that, the Polovina Zapada micro-district is fairly quiet.
Across the river, the government center of the city remains quiet as well.
Two buildings next to the city hall draw attention for sure, they are two bleak gray concrete flats, both closely in a row. Both the same. Why, some joke that they even have the same keys for the corresponding flats in each building.
Yes, much like the uninspired suburbia the 1950s brought America, the 1960s and 1970s brought seemingly indistinguishable blocks of concrete en masse to the sweeping plains of Soviet Russia. It was a sign that the Soviet machine was stagnating, turning from the vehement days of Stalin and Lenin to the drab, declining days of Brezhnev. The gears of Communism were rusting.