Inside an abandoned Soviet base in Hungary

A Soviet military base in Hungary – abandoned since 1990 – could have once housed up to 160 nuclear warheads, according to a blogger and military historian.
A tour through this creepy, derelict facility reveals some secrets of the Soviet regime.

Welcome to Little Moscow.
This is the local name for a former Soviet military base in central Hungary.
Missing windows, smashed panes, rust and decay… Hardly surprising since the site has been derelict for nearly quarter of a century.
Here the Red Army might have once kept a stockpile of nuclear weapons and the facility includes housing and recreational units for up to 300 soldiers and their families.
Lying in a wooded area near the village of Nagyvazsony, 150 kilometres (93 miles) southwest of the capital city of Budapest, it was one of four such storage facilities in Hungary, according to Gyula Hajner, a military enthusiast and video blogger who specialises in ghost towns and abandoned structures.
“We are standing on the grounds of the Soviet base known as Little Moscow. Behind me is the last building made of prefabricated panels. It began to be built at the end of the 1960s, after a test by the Soviet army which revealed the problem that the nuclear warheads did not arrive on time. So the Soviet leadership decided that this type of special storage facility would be built in every member country of the Warsaw Pact to avoid the nuclear warheads not arriving on time,” says Hajner.
Abandoned by the Soviets in March 1990, a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall and just weeks before Hungary first post-communist elections, the base looks like a set for a post-Apocalyptic film.
The barracks are similar to the prefabricated apartment blocks found across Eastern Europe and still house outdated kitchen appliances and wrecked furniture.
Many of the military installations are rusted and mouldy, but a large painting of a red flag covered with the faces of communist icons Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and Vladimir Lenin inside a facility used for assembly and repair of the nuclear arms provides a dash of colour.
“We are on the north side of the base, standing outside the only assembly and repair facility. It has several small rooms used for teaching and a large hall where the bombs or bomb-like devices were taken apart to study how they worked,” explains Hajner.
Though no official records are available, Hajner has spent years gathering information about Little Moscow from local and Russian sources.
The former base covering 36 hectares (89 acres) was protected by three lines of fences and barbed wire and numerous checkpoints and gates.
According to Hajner, warheads were kept in a pair of bunkers about 100 meters apart, built at diverging angles so that if one was attacked the other could still function. They were protected by two doors weighing 6.5 metric tons.
“There were two nuclear storage facilities on the base, set about 100 meters from each other at diverging angles, so that if one was attacked the other could keep functioning. Each facility had four storage areas, each capable of fitting 15 to 18 or even 20 warheads, so the total capacity was of around 150 to 160 (warheads) though this does not mean that there were actually that many. I have no information about this. It could have been 30 or 130,” says Hajner.
The abandoned site is an eerie testament to Hungary’s recent history, however, it is closed to the public.

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Inside an abandoned Soviet base in Hungary

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