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Legacy of Soviet nuclear testing


August 29th marks the 60th anniversary of the first Soviet nuclear test.

In Semipalatinsk, eastern Kazakhstan, thousands of people continue to suffer the effects of the testing conducted between 1949 and 1989.

Children are still being born with defects and parents often abandon them to state orphanages. Cancer is widespread, many young men suffer from impotency and the region has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

Rayhan Demytrie visited the site where the Soviet Union carried out more than 100 nuclear explosions.

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