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Resource September 14, 2012

Nuclear “Newcomers” Come to Russia

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In the wake of the Fukushima disaster many Western countries have gotten cold feet when it comes to...

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Inside the Museum of History of Obninsk, where memorabilia and once-classified items of the first days of Soviet research into nuclear power are now proudly on display. Image by James Hill. Russia, 2012.

Chernobyl and Fukushima seem distant memories as Russia pursues and inks lucrative new reactor deals around the world. Eve Conant visits Obninsk, where experts and students from many countries come to visit, learn and explore the possibilities of Russian-built nuclear power plants. Obninsk, now a well-known "science city" in Russia, was a secret site under the Stalin regime, devoted to the Soviet Union's effort to match America's nuclear prowess in the 1940s.

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