Marked on maps as a children’s summer camp, a secret Russian military base near Chernobyl was home to a massive structure known as The Duga. It was part of an ‘over the horizon’ early warning system and, when operational, broadcast a clicking sound that infuriated people worldwide and prompted the nickname: The Russian Woodpecker.
There are two parts to the structure, best viewed from the roof of the control buildings:
At ground level, the beast towers above you and lends itself to structure shots.
Interesting viewpoints can be have if you climb up one the many, rather rusty but still solid, inspection ladders.
Unfortunately, some idiot had climbed it during the night, had slipped and fallen, and decapitated himself on the way down. As result, CCTV had been installed and it was decided that we should stay at ground level in the unlikely event that the cameras were actually working.
The Duga was controlled from facilities situated both above and below ground. The underground section had been flooded and filled when the Russians left and has never been found. But the buildings above ground were still standing, so that is where we headed next.