In the environs of the southwestern Siberian city of Omsk, you can find decommissioned Soviet tanks welded shut and dotting children's playgrounds. Behold the most hardcore playground accoutrements this side of splinter-covered monkey bars.

Omsk has a history of being a center of military production, which explains why these ASU-85s and Т-62s are painted happily and left out for kids to clamber upon. According to the blogger who snapped these shots, old Soviet aircraft had been left to the tots and elements as well, but citizens conspired to disassemble them. Here are some more surreal shots. For another example of curiously unguarded Soviet war machines in Siberia, see this airfield.

[Mib55 via English Russia]