Russia’s nuclear history developed after the destruction of World War II in secret locations across the Soviet Union, including the small city of Obninsk, just over 100 kilometers outside Moscow.
No longer one of Stalin's secrets, Obninsk, Russia’s first “science city,” remains a hub of nuclear research, education and training. It has become the go-to place not just for Russia’s next generation of nuclear scientists but for the increasing number of foreigners coming to Russia to learn how to build and operate Russian reactors abroad.
As a further part of the country’s outreach, this summer Rosatom, Russia’s state-owned nuclear company, invited thousands of nuclear specialists to Moscow for the fourth annual “AtomExpo” – an exhibition of Russia’s most advanced nuclear projects and those of its partners. The Russians say orders for their nuclear technology have doubled in the past year, despite lingering fears over nuclear safety after the Fukushima disaster.