16 Irbene, A Secret Object Of The Soviet Past

Irbene, A Secret Object Of The Soviet Past

When you happen to find yourself in Riga and would like to feel really scared, don’t forget to visit Irbene.

Irbene is an abandoned town that used to be a military center with a developed infrastructure. The station of space surveillance Zvezdochka has not been there on the maps till 1993. The place was robbed and deprived of many things but visitors can still imagine what happened here 20 years ago.

The houses were occupied by officers and their families.

A post office was located at a similar building nearby.

The town used to have a school.

While walking inside the school, it is difficult to imagine than children were taught here 30 years ago.


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16 Responses to “Irbene, A Secret Object Of The Soviet Past”

  1. 山下智久 says:

    i saw a Volkswagen Golf6 in the picture!

  2. Bastiaan says:

    Ah i’ve just been to Riga but i didn’t knew about this place :(

  3. Unknown says:

    No s**t. A Volkswagen ad.

    A great article thought.

  4. Mariel says:

    Why there are lot of abandoned places in Russia?

    • yagur says:

      Yes, why?
      And in USA too???

    • Reagan says:

      Soviet was a military state that gained its power from creating fear and intimidating others.
      Since they lost the cold war Russia has become a democracy and no longer needs (or has the power) to create fear in others.

    • OLUT says:

      This is in Latvia, not Russia.

      But to answer that question, when the SU fell, funding for many places was gone. Many towns were built around one thing, so when that one thing was no longer funded, people had to leave to find work.

  5. zx10R says:

    Irbene is not in Riga. More of that it’s 205km away. Not sure what author was trying to say with that as I see that he is local (by registration plate), but it’s facing Baltic sea near city Ventpils.
    This really is amazing place for those who dreams visiting Chernobyl.

  6. Osip says:

    When the dish is pointing up, where does the rainwater go?

  7. (r)evolutionist says:

    The Soviet Union was a leader in science and technology. Pity it was dumped for “bread and circuses” capitalism.

  8. USSR says:

    This space survailance station was one in the chain of several other similar stations monitoring military,government and civil satellite
    communications lines.Others were located near Moscow, Odessa, Lviv, Shkotovo and one even in Cuba.Sometimes it was funny to listen to international phone conversations taking place 1000s of km away…I wonder what happened to the station Lipovka near Lviv where I served from 1983-1985.The code name for big dish was “Deymos” by the way. In one of pics you can see in the distance the other dish code maned “Fobos”.

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  10. Pantokrator says:

    I am always amazed at the ease of access to so many abandoned locations in the former USSR. In the US we have so many lawyers, that most abandoned properties are illegal to enter or else you may get arrested (or sue someone if you get injured). I think it is so cool to see all of these facilities on this website. Are they all legal to enter?

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