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08-05-2009, 02:01
Monogorods are Russian towns that survive purely on the basis of one major factory. Everywhere in the world, there are towns and cities that grew up around particular industries, but the Soviet Union's planned economy made the situation more extreme, and there are more than 500 such places in Russia today. There's Magnitogorsk, a city of nearly 500,000 entirely based on steel; Togliatti, where the whole city lives off the Lada car plant; and Sukhinichi, near the Russia-Ukraine border, home to a stuffed-toy factory, which means that passengers on the Moscow-Kiev train are woken at 3 a.m. by hundreds of women hawking giant pink elephants and green giraffes—it's all they have to sell.

Welcome to the Russian town devoted to producing asbestos. - By Shaun Walker - Slate Magazine (http://www.slate.com/id/2217220/)

29-09-2009, 19:18
Gods, I **loved** Sukhinichi! Most surreal sight on a trip, ever: Moscow-Kiev, after midnight, a platform literally flooded with people with brightly-coloured 3m dragons, teddy bears, alligators, etc...

Yeah, I know it's a rather pitiful existence that drives them to this, but it was such a magical sight!!!