Former Soviet military town handed to Defense Ministry

The abandoned ghost town of Skrunda-1, a former USSR military city, will be handed to the Defense Ministry following a local government decision, reported Latvian Radio Thursday.

"The meeting unanimously adopted a decision over handing the town to the possession of the Defense Ministry," said Skrunda mayor Loreta Robežniece.

The devolution of the town is yet to be accepted by the Cabinet of Ministers.

Skrunda formerly held a 19-story radar building and was home to Russian military units, the last of which left in 1998 and took much of the city with them. 

However Skrunda's value as an urban training ground and as a post-apocalyptic setting for filmmakers has not gone unnoticed. 

The municipality bought Skrunda a year and a half ago and went on an ultimately failed lookout for investors. Military exercises now routinely take place at the town.

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