Known as the Soviet ghost town, Skrunda-1 in Latvia opened up to visitors recently.
Once a closed city home to 5,000 Soviet soldiers, technicians and their families, Skrunda-1 is now an empty town being destroyed by nature after it was abandoned in 1998.
Skrunda was one of the Soviet-era ‘closed administrative territorial entities’ or ZATO (Russian acronym) which were established during the Cold War to support sensitive military bases and research sites.
Brutalist apartment still tower over the ghost city while murals and instructional posters still adorn the gym.
These closed cities – more than a hundred according to estimates – were separated from the rest of the general population, surrounded by barbed wire and heavily guarded.