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300-million dollar Hollywood movie Justice League

Soviet ghost town Skrunda-1 stars in 300-million dollar Hollywood movie Justice League! Latvia gets famous with Skrunda-1, isn’t this amazing? Skrunda-1 is going to be a military town where the army will have the trainings and will be closed for the public. Have you been in Skrunda-1 yourself? It is hard to find information about Skrunda-1 but we have interviewed people who have lived there as well as gathered information from various sources to be able to let you explore the city. During the Soviet times Skrunda-1 has been a…

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Kremlin in the middle of Skrunda-1

Skrunda-1 can sometimes puzzle its visitors. One reason would be the Russian symbols that can still be found in couple of places in the town like the famous inscription “Glory to the Motherland” alongside Russian flag and the double-headed eagle serving as a wall decoration. Symbols connected to former Russian Empire were banned during the Soviet times. Karl Marx himself argued that workers do not have a fatherland. The same internationalism was later “marketed” by Bolsheviks in pre-Soviet Russian Empire. So, why so distinct nationalistic symbols in a truly Soviet…

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Where did they go?

After the remaining radars of Skrunda-1 were shut down in the autumn of 1998, it took about a year for the military to dismantle them and take back to Russia. Majority of the residents of Skrunda-1 followed suit. These people can be divided in two groups. Part of the officers were lucky enough to get jobs in similar military towns all over Russia where they kept working on and around early warning radar installations. The most popular destinations were Solnechnogorsk just 60 km outside Moscow and Serpukhov-15 – about twice as far…

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Streets in Skrunda 1

It might seem surprising that there is only one street in Skrunda-1. What is more surprising is the name of this street. For some reason and against all odds it was not named after Lenin although the streets bearing the name of the great revolutionary ranks third with 5,167 cases throughout Russia alone. It was not much different in the rest of countries of the former Soviet Union. He is number one in Ukraine and highly prominent in other countries too. The street names lik e Soviet, October’s, Gagarin’s, First…

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Excursion to the Ghost Town Skrunda-1

Would you like to see the biggest ghost town of the Baltic States once harbouring around 5000 people? But what makes it special is that is it not just a regular ghost town, but for years it had a status of a top secret closed down area that held the most novel military installations Soviet Union had to offer. Reserve your seat now: Application form for the trip to Skrunda-1 or write: trips@hieroglifs.com  

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Empty bottles in Soviet Union – this is the money!

As many other stores in the Soviet Union, also the store in Skrunda offered people good money for their empty glass bottles. All you had to do was to fish out of your rubbish bin at least one bottle. Preferably a beer bottle as their exchange rate was higher (20 kopecks) than the one for milk bottles (15 kopecks). OK, so you have managed to get it and you have those 20 kopecks in your palm. What can you buy for that money? Well, back then you could get a…

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