US, Russia Remove Uzbek Uranium

by Laurence on 9/14/2004 · 4 comments

Why would terrorists target Uzbekistan, if not because of Karimov’s repression? Perhaps because the country has a uranium mine and a nuclear reactor that can make weapons-grade nuclear material. Now, according to Yahoo! News, a load of uranium has been moved to Russia, to get it out of the way, reportedly. Of course, there’s plenty more raw uranium in them thar’ Uzbek hills…

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Nathan September 14, 2004 at 9:36 am

I need to repost my picture of that reactor. I loved that we could see it from a volunteer’s apartment. Our missile monument in the park was priceless too.

Laurence September 14, 2004 at 10:21 am

Yes, Nathan. And in Soviet times, you would have been arrested for taking a picture of the reactor, the camera would have been seized, your film destroyed, and if you were lucky, you would have been deported!

Nathan September 14, 2004 at 10:49 am

I actually did get hassled once for taking pictures, but the cop was pretty nice about it once I explained to him that I was harmless. I offered to take his picture and send it to him (my camera burned up shortly thereafter and I never got to send the picutre). Our Admin Officer did get arrested for taking pictures in Tashkent.

And, as for Navoi, during Soviet times, I could have never gone there because it officially did not exist!

I don’t know if you ever saw that facility near Navoi, but it was right on the main highway and dominated the view from the apartments in the 9th microregion.

Laurence September 14, 2004 at 11:32 am

I did drive through Navoi on a road trip from Buhkara to Tashkent, but can’t say that I knew that the plant was a nuclear reactor, there were so many industrial looking sites and power plants…

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