Kupchino

by Alexander Bondar

Name 'Kupchino' refers to the district in south-west outskirts of Saint Petersburg, Russia. The beginning of its active development falls on sixties, so there are no mansions, palaces and other antiquities. There is only one tiny desolate channel. Actually, only cars' number plates remind now and then that you are still in Saint Petersburg.It's so called "sleeping district". And it means that every weekday majority of working population leaves for work in other city parts, andchildren, pensioners and dogs become ultimate masters until the evening. They don't have any reasons for haste, so the rhythm of life here dramatically differs from downtown.Kupchino is cut from the rest of the world on all four sides by railroads. But this confinement doesn't bring anxiety, it rather brings feeling of comfort and self-containment, in fact it's enclave, a city inside the city. A very special aura prevails here: huge masses of gray soviet buildings only rarely are intermittent with gaudy spots of supermarkets and few modern building. Almost empty streets, garbage covered wastelands... All that bring to a casual spectator a feeling of stagnation, silent contamination protracted for decades.


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