Photos: Russia's ghost villages

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A bus in Pskov city with a banner that reads, "Pskov region: Russia starts here!"

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Howard Amos

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    A bus in Pskov city with a banner that reads, "Pskov region: Russia starts here!"

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    Howard Amos

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    Pskov is ancient Russian city. Here a man ice fishes in front of the citadel's 1699 cathedral, the highest point in the city and the fourth church to be built on the site.

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    Howard Amos

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    Molodoshkovo's nearest primary school, located about 10 miles from the village.

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    Howard Amos

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    Sergei, 19, works taking care of horses in the Pskov region.

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    Howard Amos

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    Off-duty soldiers in Pskov. As a region on Russia's western border, Pskov has always had a strong military presence.

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    Howard Amos

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    In a village neighboring Molodoshkovo, Belskoye Ustye, the only remnants of the czarist estate's landscaped gardens are the trees planted in straight lines.

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    Howard Amos

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    Children play football in Porkhov, Molodoshkovo's local town. Germans shot over 5,000 Soviet prisoners during World War II on what is now a football field.

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    Howard Amos