Monument to Vladimir Lenin

Location: Zeltini Missile Base, Latvia

Completed: 1970

Sculptor: G.Grundberga

Genre: Soviet monument, former USSR

Zeltini is a former secret Soviet missile base hidden in the Latvian forest. From the 1960s until the end of the Cold War in the early 1990s, ballistic missiles were stored in silos close to the launch pads and more often than not, the installation was on high alert. The large granite bust of Vladimir Lenin was originally unveiled in 1970 in Alūksne, a small town approximately 25km to the east of Zeltini. It was transported to the (by-then) defunct base in August 1991 by town locals to save it from potentially being destroyed after the collapse of the Soviet Union. More information about Zeltini Missile Base.

Monument to Vladimir Lenin at Zeltini Missile Base, Latvia | Soviet monument | former USSR

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