Building work is under way in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, after a long period of neglect.
The town which served the USSR's nuclear programme under Igor Kurchatov is finding new purpose.
Much of the current population of about 8,000 is very young, with 1,000 children in school.
Many buildings still stand empty, however - relics from the time it was a closed city.
The Russian Orthodox Church has made one relic its own - Lavrenty Beria's dacha.
What is less clear is how much of the land in the nuclear test range can be reclaimed.