During the Cold War era, the USSR was a very mysterious place to people who did not live there. Travel to and from was very restricted, and journalists were not allowed nearly as much access within the country as in many other places around the world. After its collapse, much of its infrastructure was simply left to crumble away as many of the satellite states that made up the USSR were given independent statehood. David Derudea decided that he wanted to give the world a glimpse of what these abandoned Soviet relics looked like in a Nikon Spotlight called Abandoned Places. He made an incredible six-week road trip through 9 different countries. Along the way he stopped at some of the many abandoned Soviet relics that are scattered across so many countries. He even brought along a helper who, by standing in each shot, gives scale to how big some of these places are. These are some seriously amazing images.