Leliyov Village is a typical village found within the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, a village that was evacuated in 1986 and has remained abandoned ever since. Cars remain parked on drives; daily life paraphernalia litters the houses, from pairs of shoes to scattered sheets of scores of music. The villagers were uprooted from their culture and their roots and evacuated, leaving everything behind as they became the first nuclear refugees of peace time history.   

The central piece of Leliyov Village is the Palace of Culture, a Soviet building built in 1959 when Ukraine was one of the 15 republics of the Soviet Union and Khrushchev was its leader in the Kremlin.

Leliyov Village

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urbanks is a labour of love, a one-man band. There isn’t, strictly speaking, an ‘us’. As a solo project, the urbanks website grows incrementally, one page at a time. Concerned with urbanity, urbanks looks at the historical and geopolitical events that have shaped our towns and cities, primarily those of the 20th century.

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