> scale of autonomy
The settlement was developed in complexes, with construction designed to create an infrastructure for the cultural and everyday life of the residents. All effort was made to preserve the natural surroundings as much as possible. source: http://www.miestai.net/forumas/showthread.php?t=8354
It was founded in place of four villages, which were demolished, and the largest of those villages was known as Visaginas. In 1977 it was granted the status of a town. In 2009 the nuclear power plant was officially shut down.