The Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia is home to the Soviet town above, Tkvarcheli. What’s interesting, Abkhazia is officially recognized by five other countries only! To the other countries, it is only a ghost Georgian town that supplied the Soviet industrial machine.
So, the history of this ghost town begins in the 1940s when it used to supply coal to the Soviets. The government built it with the premise of it lasting long into the future. However, soon enough, the war of independence took place in the early 1990s. After that, the town became a property of the Georgian forces.
The town was constructed back in the 1940s to supply coal to the Soviets. As such, it was built to last long into the future. However, during the war of independence in the early 1990s, the town fell to Georgian forces. Georgians occupied Tkvarcheli for more than a year. Then, Abkhaz forces managed to reclaim the town with the help of the Russians.
Sadly for the town, it was too late. The Soviet era was already in decline. The population of the town steadily left the town. It all happened gradually until it was eventually abandoned for good. Nowadays, this town is nothing more than a creepy reminder of life at the height of the Soviet Union.