Zharkov's windmill from the village of Kirovsky (Sarpinsky district, Republic of Kalmykia) was built around 1854 or 1878, is located on a historical site. Postbased mill with four sails and one pair of millstones. Log construction. Was used as a flour mill (flour).
|Condition||The windmill is in ruins and is collapsing|
|Status||In noone's possession, not used|
News about the windmill (in Russian)
Мельница рухнула: http://riakalm.ru/news/incidents/550-staraya-melnitsa-uzhe-ne-vertitsya
Kirov windmill remained the last windmill in Kalmykia. It was not the southernmost mill of Russia, because this title by right belongs to the mill in the village of Bolshoe Remontnoye, however its loss is meaningless. The mill was just 4 kilometers away from the main regional road Volgograd-Elista and could have appeared in pictures of some tourists passing by. What is sad is that they did not even know about it...
Some noninverted/direct post-based mills were also crushing mills (because of the large barn). We do not know for sure whether there was a crushing system in this mill, but judging from the photographs the answer is most probably negative. An interesting feature of the mill is the iron covering of the cams in the camwheel.
If the removal of the ruins of the mill is confirmed, then there will remain fewer noninverted/direct post-based mills in Russia (10).
Till we get information that the mill gears are all stolen and it is torn apart, the mill will be presented on the site, as an existing one. The last years of the mill looks like this:
2015 (an excellent report, we can't say better) here
2016 The mill collapsed here