Remnants of Soviet apartments are now a greater proving ground for the likes of a botanist than a Zone visitor. Nevertheless for an historian, the mix of reasons for abandonment in the ghost town of Akarmara is sobering. The older, more rotted apartments may have belonged to ethnic Georgians throughout the Soviet era before they were purged and ethnically cleansed during the conflict. The less derpier ones are likely just simply the ex domiciles of miners whose economic opportunity in this town was no longer sustainable to support their family.


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