Kazakhstan’s past and future is intertwined with uranium production. It is currently the number two producer of uranium in the world; and eager to become number one. Between 1949 and 1989 the Soviet Union used Kazakhstan’s prolific uranium mines for nuclear weapons which where then tested on Kazakh soil. Water and soil contamination continue to produce birth defects among residents near the Semipalatinsk Test Site in northeastern Kazakhstan where radioactivity levels are still high, making the uranium legacy a difficult one to embrace.

[December 2009]

Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
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Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
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Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
Kazakhstan Nuclear Aftermath
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