Whilst relatively densely populated regions such as South Wales have seen once mining-only towns and communities work their way into a wider modernised economy, far more remoter, vaster and sparesely population regions that litter the former Soviet Union cannot logistically follow in these footsteps, and quickly morph into Zones. Indeed, former miners of the once bustling town of Akarmara, Abkhazia, for example, have all but migrated elsewhere. The grandeur of the town’s apartment blocks and the stunning local mountain scenery must have made the town one of the more desirable workplaces for Soviet miners, but many of the residents had to flee because of ethnic purging during the 1992-93 Abkhaz war, and not long later the coal reserves became exhausted too. As such; shopkeepers, wives, children, teachers, pharmacitsts and bus drivers alike were all coerced to make the common-sense decision to leave as well.


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