This Russian city uses old Soviet tanks as playgrounds

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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.

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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.

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Illustration for article titled This Russian city uses old Soviet tanks as playgrounds
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Illustration for article titled This Russian city uses old Soviet tanks as playgrounds
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[Mib55 via English Russia]

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jman60761
Dick Nenton

There's a decomissioned tank in Grandfalls, TX, not far from where I live with a decomissioned ( I hope ) tank next to a church. Used to love seeeing that as a kid on road trips.