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A Russian watchtower in Latvia - an abandoned town in the country is for auction

A Russian watchtower in Latvia - an abandoned town in the country is for auction

A Russian watchtower in Latvia - an abandoned town in the country is for auction

Latvia is to auction off a Soviet ghost town abandoned when the Russian military withdrew from the country.

The town formerly known as Skrunda-1 was built around a radar base that was part of the Soviet Union's early warning system. It was mothballed 12 years ago not long after Russian military personnel left the Baltic country.

The town has 70 buildings, including apartment blocks, a school, hotel and hospital, which are mostly in bad condition.

The starting price to buy the town is the equivalent of about $300,000, the price of a four-room apartment in Riga, Latvia's capital.

Government officials will not say how many bidders are participating in the auction but said that one buyer takes all.

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