Kazakhstan. In Semey there is a tradition for newlyweds: most couples have a wedding photo taken in the shadow of the monument dedicated to the victims of test site in order to bring good luck. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree ordering the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in August 29, 1991. On 29 August 2001, a memorial to the victims of the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site called “Stronger than death” was opened in Semipalatinsk city. The monument was designed by Shota Valikhanov.
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