Ghost town finds use as military training ground

The Skrunda Municipality, after buying the former USSR military city of Skrunda for some 12,000 euros, has announced a tender for renting 19 of the 40 hectares of the city, while a part of it has already been handed to National Armed Forces of the Republic of Latvia, to be used for military training, reported a story on Latvian Television Wednesday.

The turning point for the former Soviet military city came in 1995 when the radar located there was spectacularly demolished, and the last forces from the Russian army left in 1998, taking much of the city with them. No use had been found for Skrunda since, and now it's a rather sorry sight to behold.

To develop the location, the Skrunda municipality needs to attract investors. However, none have been interested in the city, even though it has been available for years.

Now the municipality has announced that it'll be rented out for a low price, though with the stipulation that the investor has to develop it - that is, to create jobs and infrastructure in the abandoned city. The tender is not, to be honest, considered a ravishing deal among businessmen.

The National Armed Forces are a different thing entirely though, as the forces see Skrunda to be a suitable training ground for the National Guard and other military specialists.

As Loreta Robežnieca from Skrunda Municipality told Latvian Television, police are still guarding the abandoned city so as it doesn't suffer further decay.

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