British photographer Rebecca Litchfield travelled across the former USSR to capture these remarkable images of decaying public buildings in deserted towns. Taken from the book Soviet Ghosts .
Pripyat in Ukraine, near the Chernobyl power plant, was abandoned after the disaster in 1986.
When the Chernobyl was built in 1970, many of the facility’s staff were housed in the nearby city of Pripyat. Around 50,000 people once lived here, spread across 160 buildings that had contained a total of 13,400 apartments.
Trees and shrubs are the only things left living there, as structures continue to decay and crumble.
Pripyat’s Hospital No. 126 consists of five large buildings, each of them six storeys high.
After the town was abandoned, doctors left medical equipment, beds, bottles, babies’ cribs and other equipment to rust.
The town had three indoor swimming pools, two sports stadiums, 35 playgrounds, 15 primary schools, five secondary schools and a technical college.