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''This article is about the existing town. For the ghost town, see Skrunda-1+.''

settlement
Skrunda
Town


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LV
Country

Municipality+
Skrunda Municipality+
Town rights+
1996
Latvia
above
300
Location in Latvia
5640N
220E
region:LV_type:city
Mayor+
Loreta Robežniece
Number of city council members
9
7.912
Rural territory+
257.908
50
2637
333
Postal code+
LV-3326
Calling code+
+371 633
EET+
+2
EEST+
+3
http://www.skrunda.lv/



There is a former Soviet secret city near the town - Skrunda-1+, which housed two major radar installations during the Cold War+ period. One radar was demolished in 1995. Pursuant to an agreement between the Republic of Latvia and the Russian Federation, the other radar suspended operations on August 31, 1998. In October 1999, after several months of dismantling, the dismantled installations were repatriated to Russia and the last Russian troops and families vacated the area.

Skrunda-1 is currently a ghost town+, as the last remaining residents abandoned the town in 1999. The Soviet Union, when building secret installations, usually left the name of the settlement off the map and referred to them literally by the name of the nearest town, plus a number (usually a 1).

In February 2010 the town was sold to a Russian investor for 1.6 million Latvian lats ($3.1 million); after that bidder (and a runner-up) backed out, the property was auctioned on June 4, 2010 to Iniciative Europa for 170,000 Latvian lats ($333,000). However the property remains abandoned with a lone guard blocking the main entrance to keep tourists away. The property then was purchased by Skrunda municipality for 12 000€, which in early 2016 started trading tickets for €4 to visit the ghost town, however failing to generate interest from investors the municipality gave tenure of the property to the Ministry of Defense, which will use it for military exercises.

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Skrunda+ This article is about the existing town. For the ghost town, see Skrunda-1.
Skrunda-1+ Skrunda-1, also known as Skrunda-2, is a ghost town and former Soviet radar station located 5 km (3 mi) to the north of Skrunda, in Raņķi parish, Latvia.
 Skrunda parish+ Skrunda parish (Latvian: Skrundas pagasts) is an administrative unit of the Skrunda Municipality, Latvia.
Skrunda-class patrol boat+ The Skrunda class is a class of SWATH patrol vessels used by the Latvian Navy. The main duties of the vessels include fisheries inspections, search and rescue, environmental protection, sovereignty enforcement, and participation in NATO and EU operations.
Skrunda Municipality+ Skrunda Municipality (Latvian: Skrundas novads) is a municipality in Courland, Latvia. The municipality was formed in 2009 by merging Skrunda town with its countryside territory, Raņķi parish, Nīkrāce parish and Rudbārži parish; the administrative centre being Skrunda.
 Skrunda Station+ Skrunda Station is a railway station on the Jelgava – Liepāja Railway.
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 Skrudaliena Parish+ Skrudaliena Parish (Latvian: Skrudalienas pagasts) is an administrative unit of Daugavpils Municipality, Latvia.
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