11 Terrifying Images of Old Soviet Playgrounds

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Actually, they're playgrounds from the former Soviet Union, where people were good at making a lot of things -- tanks, rifles, factories to make tanks and rifles -- but cheerful playground statuary clearly wasn't one of them. The following playgrounds give me nightmares as an adult; I can't imagine the many ways they might warp the imaginations of children.

Perhaps this play sculpture from Moscow is meant to impart a lesson: never crawl into a hungry dragon's mouth.

The doctor is in ... and he wants to stab you.
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This seems to be some sort of animal? Its gaping maw slick with the blood of innocents?
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Break a leg, kids!
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Eaten alive:
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This must be the playground where the little girl from The Exorcist hangs out:
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This is either some sort of phone, or a rune-inscribed portal to the Underworld.
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So much worse than a scary clown; probably a character from Russian folklore, this guy couldn't be scarier.
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Even before it was defaced, I'm not sure how this could've looked like anything other than an abused youngster.
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Fun with gravity:
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The decapitated monkey swing set:
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Ransom Riggs originally posted this back in 2008, long before he became a wildly famous author.

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May 18, 2013 - 7:33am
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