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Кадыкчан (Russian)
-  Urban-type settlement[1]  -
Work settlement[1]
Laika ac Kadykchan (6480293211).jpg
Abandoned apartment buildings in Kadykchan, 2011
Map of Russia - Magadan Oblast (2008-03).svg
Location of Magadan Oblast in Russia
Kadykchan is located in Magadan Oblast
Location of Kadykchan in Magadan Oblast
Coordinates: 63°05′N 147°03′E / 63.083°N 147.050°E / 63.083; 147.050Coordinates: 63°05′N 147°03′E / 63.083°N 147.050°E / 63.083; 147.050
Administrative status (as of April 2013)
Country Russia
Federal subject Magadan Oblast[1]
Administrative district Susumansky District[citation needed]
Population (2010 Census) 0 inhabitants[2]
Time zone MAGT (UTC+11:00)[3]
Founded 1940s[citation needed]
Kadykchan on Wikimedia Commons

Kadykchan (Russian: Кадыкча́н) is a depopulated urban locality (a work settlement) in Susumansky District of Magadan Oblast, Russia, located in the basin of the Ayan-Yuryakh River, 65 kilometers (40 mi) northwest of Susuman, the administrative center of the district. As of the 2010 Census, it had no recorded population.


The settlement's name comes from the indigenous Even language word meaning "small gorge" or "ravine".


Kadykchan was built by gulag prisoners during World War II for the purposes of coal extraction. Later it accommodated miners at two local coal mines[4] which supplied Arkagalinskaya electric power station. The depth of mines was about 400 meters (1,300 ft).

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, coal mining in the area became increasingly unprofitable. One mine closed in 1992, and an explosion at the other in 1996 which killed six people led to a decision to close it also and for the government to subsidize residents to move elsewhere.[4] Major buildings were blown up.[4] As of 2010, the settlement was officially completely depopulated,[2] although travelers reported one or two hardy residents remaining in 2012.

Population history[edit]

1970 1979 1986 1989[5] 2002[6] 2007 2010[2]
3,378 4,764 10,270 5,794 875 227 0

External links[edit]



  1. ^ a b c Registry of the Administrative-Territorial Units of Magadan Oblast
  2. ^ a b c Russian Federal State Statistics Service (2011). "Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года. Том 1" [2010 All-Russian Population Census, vol. 1]. Всероссийская перепись населения 2010 года (2010 All-Russia Population Census) (in Russian). Federal State Statistics Service. Retrieved June 29, 2012. 
  3. ^ Правительство Российской Федерации. Федеральный закон №107-ФЗ от 3 июня 2011 г. «Об исчислении времени», в ред. Федерального закона №271-ФЗ от 03 июля 2016 г. «О внесении изменений в Федеральный закон "Об исчислении времени"». Вступил в силу по истечении шестидесяти дней после дня официального опубликования (6 августа 2011 г.). Опубликован: "Российская газета", №120, 6 июня 2011 г. (Government of the Russian Federation. Federal Law #107-FZ of June 31, 2011 On Calculating Time, as amended by the Federal Law #271-FZ of July 03, 2016 On Amending Federal Law "On Calculating Time". Effective as of after sixty days following the day of the official publication.).
  4. ^ a b c Norton, Jenny (December 18, 2017). "The town that disappeared". BBC. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  5. ^ Demoscope Weekly (1989). "Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 г. Численность наличного населения союзных и автономных республик, автономных областей и округов, краёв, областей, районов, городских поселений и сёл-райцентров" [All Union Population Census of 1989: Present Population of Union and Autonomous Republics, Autonomous Oblasts and Okrugs, Krais, Oblasts, Districts, Urban Settlements, and Villages Serving as District Administrative Centers]. Всесоюзная перепись населения 1989 года [All-Union Population Census of 1989] (in Russian). Институт демографии Национального исследовательского университета: Высшая школа экономики [Institute of Demography at the National Research University: Higher School of Economics]. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ Russian Federal State Statistics Service (May 21, 2004). "Численность населения России, субъектов Российской Федерации в составе федеральных округов, районов, городских поселений, сельских населённых пунктов – районных центров и сельских населённых пунктов с населением 3 тысячи и более человек" [Population of Russia, Its Federal Districts, Federal Subjects, Districts, Urban Localities, Rural Localities—Administrative Centers, and Rural Localities with Population of Over 3,000] (XLS). Всероссийская перепись населения 2002 года [All-Russia Population Census of 2002] (in Russian). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 


  • Магаданская областная Дума. Закон №1292-ОЗ от 9 июня 2010 г. «Об административно-территориальном устройстве Магаданской области», в ред. Закона №1756-ОЗ от 9 июня 2014 г. «О внесении изменений в Закон Магаданской области "Об административно-территориальном устройстве Магаданской области"». Вступил в силу через 10 дней после дня официального опубликования. Опубликован: Приложение к газете "Магаданская правда", №63(20183), 16 июня 2010 г. (Magadan Oblast Duma. Law #1292-OZ of June 9, 2010 On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Magadan Oblast, as amended by the Law #1756-OZ of June 9, 2014 On Amending the Law of Magadan Oblast "On the Administrative-Territorial Structure of Magadan Oblast". Effective as of the day which is 10 days after the official publication date.).