August 29, 2021 marks exactly 30 years since the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site – an event that played an important role in the history of the development of the entire world community and the global anti-nuclear movement.
At the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site, at least 456 nuclear tests were carried out, from which more than one and a half million people suffered. On August 29, 1991, the President of the Kazakh SSR N.A. Nazarbayev signed a decree “On the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.”
Kazakhstan has earned worldwide recognition for the unprecedented act of closing a nuclear test site. The peacekeeping example of Kazakhstan inspired the UN General Assembly on December 2, 2009 to proclaim August 29 as the International Day against Nuclear Tests.
For the memorable date, the Elbasy Library has prepared a video dedicated to the humanistic mission of Kazakhstan – to free the planet from weapons of mass destruction and build a world free of nuclear weapons.