Dysentery Outbreak At Once-Secret City

Dysentery has sickened 84 people in a once-secret city in the Ural Mountains that houses one of Russia’s main nuclear weapons centers, a news agency said Saturday.

The Emergency Situations Ministry blamed the outbreak in Snezhinsk on products from a local dairy, ITAR-Tass said.

Snezhinsk, known as Chelyabinsk-70 in Soviet times, is closed to foreigners and most Russians. It houses a large research institute dealing with the development of nuclear weapons.

In the Soviet era, workers in closed, secret cities enjoyed high salaries and better benefits, including high-quality food and health care.

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