From Plutonium To Pogo Sticks

There are a dozen Russian cities, mostly in Siberia and the Urals, that not so long ago were so secret they weren't even shown on the map. But with defense budgets slashed, these former producers of sophisticated weapons are searching for commercial niches. In a move that would have shocked Joseph Stalin, who set up such towns in the '40s and '50s, nuclear scientists from the cities had an official coming-out in late October: They hosted an international exposition in Moscow, courting foreign buyers with booths offering such diverse products as pogo sticks, pasteurizers, and jet skis.

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