Visaginas was established in 1975 as a town for workers in the Ignalina nuclear power station. Unlike Prypiat which was build too close to the plant (2km), Visaginas is 6 km from the plant. The population now has grown to over 33 thousand people and most of them are Russians. Even now the place resembles an ideal Soviet town with a lot of schools, kindergartens, wide alleys, leisure centres, playgrounds, parks, shops and a lake with small beach.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus