Between the Khobeyu/Хобею and Naroda/Народа valleys, in the Beryozovsky District, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia, about 75-80 km NNW of the nearest village Саранпауль/Saranpaul as the crow flies, just above the tree line, at 64.9421°N, 60.3482°E, I came upon a construct of which I could not identify the purpose, historical or present:

Photo of a rectangular arch in Ural mountains

What is the purpose of this construct? It was a little bit over 2 metre high. It may be the remains of a previously larger construction, as I saw some beams lying on the ground.

Close-up photo:

close-up of "gallows"

Can anyone shed light on what this is for?

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    A portal to hell? Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 14:14
  • Maybe an observation tower? hunting tower?
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Feb 19 at 21:18
  • @EarlGrey Doesn't look like either to me.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 19 at 21:26
  • istockphoto.com/it/foto/persico-di-legno-gm1189103670-336552138 check the one on the right
    – EarlGrey
    Commented Feb 19 at 21:30
  • @EarlGrey Maybe it's the remains of an old hunting stand in a style I don't recognise, but with the location it seems unlikely. Hunter can just sit on the hillside a little higher.
    – gerrit
    Commented Feb 19 at 22:11

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Ancient electric poles ?

There seems to be some doohickey on the top of the horizontal beam that would hold the lines.

  • The problem with this theory is that there is nothing anywhere near. No habitation and no other similar constructs or visible remnants thereof.
    – gerrit
    Commented Nov 25, 2019 at 20:04
  • I have made a simple search google.com/…
    – dEmigOd
    Commented Jul 6, 2020 at 8:56
  • It does resemble a bit, but the logs are not straight - so I do not think those are the actual telegraph poles
    – dEmigOd
    Commented Jul 6, 2020 at 8:57

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