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An important element of the Soviet nuclear legacy are the 10 Closed Nuclear Cities of the Russian Federation, which were created to carry out various stages of the design, manufacture and maintenance of nuclear weapons. Together, the 10 towns are home to a total of 770,000 inhabitants, of whom some 127,000 are employed in nuclear weapons related activities. Many of these are highly skilled scientists and technicians whose expertise could be extremely useful to states seeking to acquire the capacity to develop weapons of mass destruction. In addition, these people are responsible for managing the production, storage and disposal of a massive inventory of sensitive nuclear materials, which could pose a threat to humanity if they fell into the wrong hands.



Closed Nuclear Cities Map
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