Local water is contaminated while mushrooms and berries are poisoned, inspiring Ozersk’s unenviable nickname as “the graveyard of the Earth”.
It is perhaps this city where the Soviet legacy endures stronger than anywhere else in modern Russia.
When construction began in 1946, the country’s top workers and scientists were transported east to build an atomic bomb in total secrecy, away from prying western eyes.
Residents were forbidden from leaving, writing letters or making any kind of contact to the outside world ‒ at least for the first eight years.
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