Ozersk: Stunning Russian city that’s hiding a secret from the world

At first glance, it looks like an amazing city to visit but this place, codenamed City 40, is far from the norm and hides a secret from the world.

At first glance it looks like an attractive city to visit, with great gardens and lakes, and a clean, modern design.

However, this Russian city kept secret for decades is far from ordinary.

Codenamed City 40, Ozersk is located near Mayak in the Chelyabinsk Oblast. Its population was last recorded as 82,164 in 2002.

Back in 1947, the Soviets decided they needed to build a secret city where they could develop nuclear weapons at the start of the Cold War.

These days, it is famous for its radioactive contamination and has earned the nickname “the cemetery of the earth”, because it is one of the most polluted places in the world.

For decades the city was surrounded by guards and barbed wire. Oddly enough, residents were not allowed to talk about the city, and even Russian citizens were not allowed in.

It simply did not exist on any maps, until after the fall of the Soviet Union.

American radiobiology professor Scott Miller from Utah was one of a handful of people who regularly visited the area, deep in the Urals.

“It’s the kind of place where if you go for an afternoon walk, you’re going to die,” he said.

“It’s the radioactive ones. Or you might need a bone marrow transplant.

“I’ve been there twice, but it’s the kind of place where you drive really fast.”

He wrote an article explaining its history and noted that the city’s nuclear waste was carelessly disposed of. And in 1957, the Kyshtym disaster struck, in which a storage tank exploded and a cloud of radiation contaminated 52,000 square kilometers of land.

It was the third worst nuclear disaster, after Chernobyl and Fukushima.

However, the Soviets denied this for decades and then dumped the waste into nearby Lake Karachay. In 1967, a drought exposed the sediments to the winds, spreading toxic dust over towns and cities.

Professor Kate Brown, author of Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and the Great Soviet and American Plutonium DisastersWhat happened, he said, was a “slow-moving catastrophe” that took place over decades and was kept under wraps by the government.

She also said that outsiders viewed residents as really lucky, and called Ozersk “plutopia,” a seemingly classless, affluent society in which staying “was akin to winning the golden ticket.”

“Plutonium cities were great places to live and people loved them,” Professor Brown said in an interview with the Colombian History News Network.

“They provided great opportunities because not only were housing very cheap and wages very good, but the schools were good.”

So they sacrificed their freedoms for what seemed like a good deal.

There was also a documentary about Ozersk named 40 . city It was released in 2016 and was nominated for an Emmy Award. Explore the lives of the inhabitants.

“For the survival of these people – they will not escape anyway – but just to make sure that they are happy to be there, [the government] “They created heaven for them,” said director Samira Jochel, who managed to reach the Forbidden City.

“So they had everything they needed and more compared to the outside world as they had absolutely nothing. They weren’t placed on any map, they were a state within a state.

“They were erased. They weren’t out of town. For me, it was like entering an episode of a show Twilight Zone.

“There is such a specific and beautiful lake that is contaminated with plutonium that locals call it plutonium lake… The rate of cancer is enormous and their children are born with cancer.

“They die of cancer.”

These days, Ozersk is a site for reprocessing used radioactive fuel, but radioactive contamination remains a threat to local residents.

Residents are now free to leave.

Originally published as an amazing Russian city that is keeping a secret from the world


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