Welcome to Semey

Though sadly best known to the world for the Soviet nuclear-testing ground nearby, the Polygon, Semey (formerly Semipalatinsk), has an unusually rich cultural heritage that makes it one of Kazakhstan's most interesting provincial cities. Founded in 1718 as a Russian fortification against the Zhungars, it stands 200km down the Irtysh from Ust-Kamenogorsk, in the heartland of the Kazakh Middle Horde, noted for their... Read More

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