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Kazakhs Remember Their Country's Nuclear Past

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The Park of Nuclear Technologies lies in Kurchatov, 60 kilometers from the site of the 1949 test and on the edge of the Polygon.

For more than 40 years the Soviet-era nuclear test site of the Polygon, located in eastern Kazakhstan about 60 kilometers from Kurchatov, witnessed more than 450 test nuclear detonations. During a rally in Semey, location of the Polygon test site and formerly called Semipalatinsk, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev headlined the Peace Mission 2009 rally, held ahead of the 20th anniversary of the moratorium at Semipalatinsk, where the last test took place on October 19, 1989.

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David Trilling is the Central Asia news editor for EurasiaNet.

Kazakhs Remember Their Country's Nuclear Past

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