Semey

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Semey is a city in eastern Kazakhstan. Semey is infamous for a Soviet nuclear test site, the "Polygon" (formerly known as Semipalatinsk) located not far from the city.

Hitchhiking out

South towards Taldy-Kurgan, Almaty (M38)

There is a large roundabout connecting two bridges on the left bank of the river. Walk south along the 6-lane road. From the bus stop, take bus #41 to Myasokombinat. Then, cross the road and wait for bus #13 to the stop Kolonka. The bus will turn left and you should follow the 4-lane road. Right after the bus stop, there is a place where locals try to get a lift. Walk a bit along the road and start hitching.


Places to Avoid

The Semey Polygon is highly contaminated with radiation. Stick to established routes.