Inside an abandoned Siberian Soviet military factoryWes Siler12/07/11 2:30pmFiled to: SiberiaUralIMZ-UralirbitRussiaSoviet Unionmilitary vehiclesFeatureTop851EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkThis thing? I found it inside an abandoned square-mile Soviet-era military factory in Siberia. It would have worn a gas mask to help illustrate to workers proper safety protocols upon nuclear war with America. Now, it's just another artifact of the USSR's once mighty military machine. When the Nazis invaded Poland, the speed and severity of the Blitzkrieg prompted Soviet leaders to relocate much of their factories out of the populated, but close-to-Germany West and move them into the scarcely populated lands of the East where sheer distance would make them relatively safe from air and land attacks. Charged with the production of the Soviet military's workhorse sidecar, Ural was considered a strategically important company and was subsequently relocated all the way to Siberia, where it produced hundreds of thousands of the contraptions for domestic and foreign armies until the early ‘90s.