Monday, 24 November 2008

Skrunda 2










This place of abandoned apartment blocks and military barracks was a secret town called Skrunda Nr. 2 in Soviet Latvia, only people with permits could enter it. It is estimated that about 9000 soldiers with their familities lived in it. The secret town hosted two radars for listening to objects in space. The third radar which was not finished, would have been one of the most powerful of such radars in the whole Soviet Union. The 60 meter structure was destroyed by explosives in 1995. National TV telecasted the pompous show. It took another few years until the Russian forces left the town in late 1999, thus halting operation of the last Russian military facility in Latvia.
Photos by (c) Arnis Balcus

7 comments:

Max said...

Looks like forsaken Pripyat city.

Donatas said...

How/where do I get permission to visit Skrunda-2? A few weeks ago I was there and asked the guard at the gate - only thing he could say was "You can't enter this area"..

Anonymous said...

This place seems to be for sale. Have you beeen there lately? yours, Taneli / Finland

Petteri said...

This is NOT Skrunda-2, it's Skrunda-1...

Chris Race said...

Now it's sold to a russian investor for 3,1 million $.

Wow!

Anonymous said...

Seems he payed more than it's really worth...

Anonymous said...

Anyone know if it is possible to get in there/sneak in there?? I want to plan a photo/research trip for myself and a few friends before it is gone. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.