Even though the military base lived its own life shielded from the eyes of the Finns, the veil of secrecy and mystery can be lifted a little. After the disintegration of the Soviet Union archives have been opened to researchers and people dear to talk more freely of their memories. Thus we can already tell e. g. of the times when Porkkala was the place of employment to technician-lieutenant Gennadi Golinskij, who worked in the region as a dock and construction worker in 1950-55. Along with his work Gennadi also did a lot of hunting and fishing; in the winter he went skiing in the Porkkala forests and fields, so he tells.

Many a young Russian served his time in the army in the Porkkala region. One of them was Valentin Smirnov, a sergeant serving at Majvik as a radio lookout. In the grand manor house on top of a high hill the Finnish radio was listened in at and the base of the Finnish scouts on the opposite shore of the Gulf of Espoo was observed. In the 1990s Valentin returned to Kirkkonummi and Majvik to tell about his experiences as a young soldier in the closed rented area.

At that time 20-year-old Valentina Minosjan was employed at the military hospital at the Porkkala base. She had been transferred to the base from Lomonosov near St. Petersburg. According to her memories they lead quite a normal life after the conclusion of the peace. Soldiers were seen only at the hospital, otherwise seldom. People watched athletic games at the Kirkkonummi field and attended concerts at the officers' house; every now and then even dances were arranged.

The only milk-sovchos in Sjundeå was situated in Nordanå. In a cowshed built for 50 cows there were 100. Small-statured women managed the cows and left soles, size 30, in the manure.

The Sjundby stone castle from the 16th century in Siuntio served as staff mansion. Reminders of this time are the wall scribblings on the outbuildings and photographs of soldiers, found in the region.