Zeltiņi – Soviet missile base

Clip on your red badges and pack your hate against the capitalism because we are going back in time again.

Trip includes transfer Riga – Zeltiņi – Riga, guided tour and interactive activity.

Date: 02/07/2016 – around 9:30 AM
Meeting point: Strēlnieku laukums (Old Riga near RTU University Kaļķu Street 1)
Price: 25 EUR per person
Children: Up to 16 years of age – 15 EUR

Date: 05/08/2016 – around 9:30 AM
Meeting point: Strēlnieku laukums (Old Riga near RTU University Kaļķu Street 1)
Price: 25 EUR per person
Children: Up to 16 years of age – 15 EUR

Date: 06/08/2016 – around 9:30 AM
Meeting point: Strēlnieku laukums (Old Riga near RTU University Kaļķu Street 1)
Price: 25 EUR per person
Children: Up to 16 years of age – 15 EUR

Tour is in English and Latvian.

Feel free to apply by email: trips@hieroglifs.com or send PM on Facebook to the organizers.

Trip to Skrunda 1 echoes throughout the world

Thanks to Reuters that usually brings the latest news from around the world, our trip echoes throughout the world. People get to know Skrunda 1.

http://www.reuters.com/news/picture/inside-a-soviet-ghost-town?articleId=USRTX29AUW

Italy: http://www.rainews.it/dl/rainews/media/Lettonia-viaggio-nella-citta-fantasma-post-sovietica-di-Skrunda-1-a1f92201-6205-45c8-b9af-35952b4c6d58.html#foto-1

Latvia: http://www.tvnet.lv/zinas/galleries/latvija/25012-fotoreportaza_pamesta_skrundas_armijas_pilsetina/?gallery_image=1

http://www.delfi.lv/tchk/news/kak-zabroshennyj-voennyj-gorodok-skrunda-1-vyglyadel-9-aprelya-2016-goda.d?id=47298145

Portugal: http://sicnoticias.sapo.pt/mundo/2016-04-11-Cidade-fantasma-da-era-sovietica

Turkey: http://www.milliyet.com.tr/fotogaleri/54453-sakli-sovyet-kenti-hayalet-sehre-dondu/

United Kingdom: http://uk.businessinsider.com/pictures-of-abandoned-soviet-radio-station-skrunda-1-2016-4

Russia: http://inosmi.ru/photo/20160425/236222483_236221558.html

Bulgaria: http://www.dnes.bg/mish-mash/2016/04/11/skrunda-1-prizrakyt-ot-studenata-voina.298993

Bulgaria: http://www.dnevnik.bg/photos/2016/04/09/2739543_snimka_na_denia_prizrachniiat_grad_skrunda/

Big thanks also to http://www.currenttime.tv/a/27669421.html for the video  broadcast. Skrunda 1 town is waiting for the visitors. Join our trip and let us discover together.

Exploring a Soviet Ghost Town in Latvia

Dear Explorers,

Feel free to join our trips to Skrunda-1. Choose your best date and register for the trip on 16/07, 30/07, 19/08 or 20/08.

Price: 25 EUR per person
Children: Up to 16 years of age – 15 EUR

https://ghosttownskrunda.com/information-about-the-events/

Let us pass a great time together and explore the region while there is still what to explore as each year the buildings get older and older.

Reserve your place: trips@hieroglifs.com

Photo below: see how the place has changed just in couple of years. Do not miss your chance and see Skrunda-1 with your own eyes. 

Soviet military town Skrunda-1

Soviet shops. Witness the Soviet life!

People standing in a queue for buying a dish set. Photo: Vilnius in 1990
People standing in a queue for buying a dish set. Photo: Vilnius in 1990
No goods on the shelves
No goods on the shelves
Ironic name for the shop – ‘’Dreams’’
Ironic name for the shop – ‘’Dreams’’
No matter if it suits, you have to buy what is available
No matter if it suits, you have to buy what is available
Not a great choice
Not a great choice
Not a great choice of meat
Not a great choice of meat
Daily life in Soviet times
Daily life in Soviet times
Long queues
Long queues
When one queue is managed, people go to another one
When one queue is managed, people go to another one
Delivery of vodka
Delivery of vodka
Goods were always wrapped in brown paper
Goods were always wrapped in brown paper
Delivery of butter
Delivery of butter
Delivery of bras
Delivery of bras
Delivery of handbags
Delivery of handbags
No it is not a furniture shop, the shelves are simply empty
No it is not a furniture shop, the shelves are simply empty
Everyone is walking in same style of boots
Everyone is walking in same style of boots
Everyone is walking in same style of sandals
Everyone is walking in same style of sandals
Delivery of wine
Delivery of wine
But most often the shops are empty
But most often the shops are empty
It is a tragedy when after standing in a long queue the bottle gets broken
It is a tragedy when after standing in a long queue the bottle gets broken

 

Source: http://spoki.tvnet.lv/vesture/Padomju-veikali-Plauktos-tuksums-seja/750644

Zeltini, the Soviet military missile base

During Soviet times, a Soviet military missile base was built in a small Latvian town, Zeltiņi. From 1961, medium-range missiles (up to 3,500 km) were stored in hangars there. Military missile base Zeltiņi was perfectly disguised from unexpected guests; people say that even some houses were destroyed before building of the base, as they were too close to the secret zone.
Locals recall that not only missile installations were there, but as also several missile silos, which were blown up or sunk in the swamp when soldiers left the base.

As any abandoned place, Zeltiņi has a lot of legends. Some people say that mushrooms here can grow up to one meter in height. Others say berries are not edible as they have absorbed large doses of the propellant. Supposedly, one missile was launched from this base, but it did not reach the target.

Today, the most famous monument is 3-metres high Lenin’s head made from granite, which was removed from Lenin’s monument in Alūksne at the beginning of the 90s.  This head is now facing the secret entrance of the place where radio operators were once working: a small bunker under an artificial hill.

Zeltini_lenin

Zeltiņi territory is approx. 19 ha large. Back in the day the base was surrounded not only by barbed wire, but also electrified one. Strategic Missile Forces Base was divided into perimeters, and 300-350 soldiers lived and served there, but only few people had the permission to enter the missiles storage site.

30th military regiment was located there, consisting of 3 divisions: one in Zeltiņi, another in Strautiņi and the third in Gulbene. First 2 divisions were in charge of the missile launchpads, and the last one had the missile silos. Every division had 4 medium-range ballistic missiles.

According to Vladimir Protsenko (major who served at this base since its foundation until its dismantling): “Initially it was planned to store 48 missiles there, but it never happened. It was decided that it is impossible to launch more than one missile from the same place, as NATO would immediately identify the location it was launched from and “answer” to it. Eventually, only 8 missiles were left.  After the launch, soldiers had to escape from the place and go to the auxiliary positions, not closer than 50 km from the main base. We signed the non-disclosure documents. It does not matter that the USSR does not exist anymore, documents have no expiration date…. Following the order all personnel responsible for launching, arrived to the start positions. Nuclear weapons were located separately. Trainings were held, as a rule, at night: even blackout lights were turned off, and any movements were limited to the maximum.”

Today, the former missile base Zeltiņi is one of the most interesting tourist place in Latvia. Both Latvians and curious foreign tourists like to visit this place, willing to dive into military atmosphere.

Reference:
http://vesti.lv/society/theme/report/76478-otsel-grozili-my-evrope.html

Zeltini – abandoned Soviet nuclear missile base

On the 2nd of July – let us pass and interesting time together in Zeltiņi.

The base at Zeltiņi offers all kind of military buildings, underground bunkers, missile silos, launch pads, etc. You can also meet Lenin here. Well, not exactly with full set of body parts – this time it is only the 3 m high head that is one of the rare monuments dedicated to the great communist leader still remaining after the fall of the Soviet Union.

Feel free to apply by writing and e-mail to trips@hieroglifs.com or online.

Let us meet soon!

Legendary unguent “Звездочка”

Legendary unguent “Звездочка” – “Star” appeared in Soviet drugstores in 70s. Almost everyone remembers this legend, as it was really efficient, sometimes even irreplaceable and not an expensive product. People tried to treat every illness from flue to rheumatism with this. Surprisingly, the drug indeed helped almost in every case.

Soviet union Звездочка

At some point, this unguent disappeared. However, the healing properties were so convincing that Russian pharmacists assisted to reintroduce the “Star” back in the market. Only nowadays, we have found out what this legendary unguent presents, what it consists from and how it can be used.

Soviet Union heritage

Originally it was called “Vietnamese star”, and it was produced in Vietnam. The real inventor was a Vietnamese pharmacological company called Danapha Pharmaceutical JSC.

Red packaging with a golden star was the best fit for Soviet reality. Probably this is the reason why the name has never been changed, and now it is as recognizable as coca cola.

 

Source: http://masterok.livejournal.com/2372662.html

Individual medical box АИ-2

Individual medical box was introduced as the first aid kit for security forces and civil defence forces in the Soviet Union.  In case of a major military conflict АИ-2 had to be spread among the civilian population.

 The design is flashy-orange plastic box, size 9cm × 10cm × 2cm with a label “Individual medical box” and a cross inside a circle. Inside there are several capsules with drugs and an instruction.

The medical box includes:

  • 2 antibacterial agents
  • 2 radioprotector agents
  • antiemetic agent

Previously, also aprofen was included. Aprofen is an antidote to fight organic phosphorus agents. It has a very strong hallucinogenic side effect known to cause people commit suicide in the worse cases.

The medical box should be kept in a warm place

Aptecka, medical box soviet times

Antipison Soviet union

Source: 
http://deadland.ru/node/5857
https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%90%D0%98-2