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Hometown Zeya, 2008


Here are some pictures from my hometown Zeya at Far East of Russia. Last time I visited it in 2008. Not much has chahnged ever since.

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It was founded in 1879 as the settlement of Zeysky Sklad (Зе́йский Склад, lit. Zeya warehouse), as a supply and administrative center for the exploitation of newly-discovered gold deposits in the Zeya River basin.
By 1906, the settlement had grown to over 5,000 inhabitants, and was granted town status under the name Zeya-Pristan (Зе́я-При́стань, lit Zeya Port).[citation needed] In 1913, the town’s name was shortened to Zeya.
The town remained one of Russia’s most important centers of gold production until the opening of the Kolyma region in the 1930s.
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Construction of the Zeya Dam, beginning in 1964, saw a new growth period for the town. Nowadays the Zeya Dam is the main economic focus for the town, with forestry, gold mining and agriculture also conducted in the area.

I grew up there, still love the place.


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