Skrunda-1: Top Secret Soviet Base Turned Into Ghost Town

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Skrunda-1 was once a Soviet secret city located in Latvia, which housed two powerful early warning radars.

Following the breakup of the USSR however, the radar installations were shut down and dismantled, and by 1999 Skrunda-1 became a ghost town… and a popular tourist attraction.

© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA red curtain covers a broken window in an abandoned apartment in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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A red curtain covers a broken window in an abandoned apartment in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA man snaps a picture of a mural depicting Vladimir Lenin inside one of the buildings in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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A man snaps a picture of a mural depicting Vladimir Lenin inside one of the buildings in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsAn old Soviet time newspaper is seen on the wall of one of the abandoned apartments in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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An old Soviet time newspaper is seen on the wall of one of the abandoned apartments in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsPeople listen to a guide (R) during the tour of a ghost town of Skrunda-1 which used to be a secret Soviet radar facility, located near Skrunda, Latvia. April 9, 2016.
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People listen to a guide (R) during the tour of a ghost town of Skrunda-1 which used to be a secret Soviet radar facility, located near Skrunda, Latvia. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsPeople walk inside an abandoned sports hall in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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People walk inside an abandoned sports hall in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA woman stands on a balcony of an abandoned apartment block in the ghost town Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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A woman stands on a balcony of an abandoned apartment block in the ghost town Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsPeople walk past an abandoned apartment house in the ghost town which used to be a secret Soviet radar facility, located near Skrunda, Latvia. April 9, 2016.
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People walk past an abandoned apartment house in the ghost town which used to be a secret Soviet radar facility, located near Skrunda, Latvia. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA worn Soviet military log is seen lying on the floor of an abandoned building in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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A worn Soviet military log is seen lying on the floor of an abandoned building in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA woman walks through an abandoned hospital building in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
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A woman walks through an abandoned hospital building in the ghost town of Skrunda-1. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA man takes a picture inside a gym in the ghost town of Skrunda-1, with an inscription in Russian that says 'Victory starts here' seen in the background. April 9, 2016.
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A man takes a picture inside a gym in the ghost town of Skrunda-1, with an inscription in Russian that says 'Victory starts here' seen in the background. April 9, 2016.
© REUTERS / Ints KalninsA general view of the ghost town of Skrunda-1 located in Latvia, which used to house an important Soviet radar facility during the Cold War. April 9, 2016.
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A general view of the ghost town of Skrunda-1 located in Latvia, which used to house an important Soviet radar facility during the Cold War. April 9, 2016.
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