This Remote Russian Island Is Home To An Eerie Graveyard Of Abandoned Tank

Image: Yuri Maksimov via Russia Trek

At the southern end of the Kuril archipelago in the North Pacific, there lies a remote island called Shikotan. Here, the gently undulating landscape – unremarkable, but pleasingly green – has one particularly astonishing characteristic. The island is dotted with the decaying hulks of Russian military tanks from the 1950s. And these rusting relics hint at the troubled past – and present – of Shikotan.