Kazakhstan – Semipalatinsk

Kazakhstan. The abandoned military city of Chagan is a town located close to the test site. It was founded in 1950 and during the Soviet period was know as Semipalatinsk-4. Before the collapse of the Soviet Union Chagan was a military base and home to 10 – 11 thousand residents – mostly staff located 10 km southwest of the town at the Chagan military airfield, which was a base for long-range strategic aviation. In 1995, all military units were withdrawn to Russia, the town passed under the control of the Republic of Kazakhstan, after which the population declined sharply until it became a ghost town.

Kazakhstan - Semipalatinsk 1

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