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Stranded in a Sleepy Little Far East Town

At least half of Tynda's 70,000 residents have moved away since the end of communism.
Gregory Feifer, NPR
At least half of Tynda's 70,000 residents have moved away since the end of communism.

In the 1970s and '80s, Soviet authorities turned a tiny settlement in the country's Far East into a city that would serve as the hub of a major new railway network, but the project collapsed during the end of communism.

NPR's Gregory Feifer was stuck there for a day after his plane took off without him, and sent this "letter from nowhere."

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