As far as metaphors go, this one kind of knocks you over the head. 

The once mighty global power of Soviet Russia has dissolved and disintegrated into a nation now known mostly for this. The physical embodiment of this decay is on display in Russian photographer Ralph Mirebs' captures, which showcase the abandoned detritus of the Baikonur Cosmodrome, and the two Buran space shuttles that sit idly inside, wasting away into nothingness. 

Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs
Ralph Mirebs

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