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Kazakhstan. Dolon. Alexander Shakhvorostov (R) (fat man, born 1958) and his brother Anatoliy Shakhvorostov (G) ( born 1956) are in the house's kitchen and seat at table after lunch. Both men are mentally handicapped. They both suffer from mental deficiency and retardation. The village of Dolon is near the Semipalatinsk Polygon ( called today National Nuclear Center of Kazakhstan). Both men are second generation victim of the 456 atomic testing - 116 atmospheric, 340 underground - from 1949 to 1989. The regions high frequency of mentally handicapped diseases is primarily due to fallout from nearby nuclear test sites. Both men show the human and environmental effects of nuclear radiation, genetic contamination and pollution from atomic tests programs of the former Soviet Union. Dolon is located in the Eastern Kazakhstan Province. © 2008 Didier Ruef ..