Documents on Closure of Semipalatinsk Test Site

Documentary heritage submitted for inclusion in the Memory of the World Register in 2012.

The archives are a unique resource for applied research related to the implications and consequences of nuclear energy. The 40 years (1949 to 1989) testing of nuclear weapons at Semipalatinsk  caused significant damage to the health of residents of the surrounding areas and led to environmental radioactive contamination. The risks to human health, the climate and other environmental damage persist to the present. Kazakhstan was the first country to propose universal nuclear disarmament and closed the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site.

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