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In pictures: Kazakh nuclear town

Construction site in Kurchatov

Building work is under way in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan, after a long period of neglect.

Statue of Soviet nuclear physicist Igor Kurchatov in Kurchatov, Kazakhstan

The town which served the USSR's nuclear programme under Igor Kurchatov is finding new purpose.

Children in Kurchatov

Much of the current population of about 8,000 is very young, with 1,000 children in school.

Buildings in Kurchatov

Many buildings still stand empty, however - relics from the time it was a closed city.

Lavrenty Beria's dacha in Kurchatov

The Russian Orthodox Church has made one relic its own - Lavrenty Beria's dacha.

Plants on the steppe at Kurchatov

What is less clear is how much of the land in the nuclear test range can be reclaimed.

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