On the night of June 4, 1989, two oncoming passenger trains burned as a result of a massive gas explosion. The tragedy occurred on the 1710th kilometer of Trans-Siberian railway near the town of Asha. 575 names are carved on a stone monument, but the relatives of those who died or went missing believe the explosion took 780 lives. The survivors suffered burns, injuries, and psychological trauma.  

Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer
Disaster near Asha. Marina Balakina ∣ documentary photographer