The last resort: Inside the USSR's futuristic sanatoriums
Updated 6:14 AM ET, Mon April 4, 2016
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Kurpaty Sanatorium in Yalta, Crimea – During the days of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin constructed hundreds of sanatoriums.
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Khoja Obi Garm Sanatorium in Tajikistan – Twenty-five years after the collapse of the USSR, many of these sanatoriums are still in use as health resorts, while others have been left to languish and ruin.
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Aurora Issyk-Kul Sanatorium in the Tian Shan mountains in eastern Kyrgyzstan – "Sanatoriums were seen as showpieces that could display Soviet superiority to attitudes in the west, where holidays were a time to engage in pleasurable activities with a focus on material rather than spiritual gain," says writer Maryam Omidi, who launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a book documenting these monuments.
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Alatau Sanatorium in Almaty, Kazakhstan – Omidi is working with photographers Michal Solarski, Egor Rogalev, Dmitry Lookianov, René Fietzek, Claudine Doury and Olya Ivanova. They hope to travel to sanatoriums across the Soviet realm to create a visual ode to the best health spas still in use today.
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During the days of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin constructed hundreds of sanatoriums. Today, a team of photographers is documenting their afterlives.