The aura surrounding Visaginas had always been spooky, alien, apocalyptic. Isolated amid forests and lakes, the Russian-speaking single-industry town was built in 1975. When the last reactor closed in 2009, Visaginas experienced an identity crisis. It was rumoured to be a separatist Russian enclave inside Lithuania. I had mentally pictured a ruined place, similar to the evacuated city of Pripyat, next to the Chernobyl reactor.
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