Wealth Gap Widening in Kazakhstan

This past February, the small city of Stepnogorsk in northern Kazakhstan lived through a desperate week with no water, after the supply system collapsed following years of neglect. Once a well-financed secret town during the Soviet era – the site of the world's largest biological warfare development and production facility – in recent years the town has fallen on tough times, partly because of the death of the local metallurgical plant that used to employ many local people.

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