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CITIZENS OF KAZAKHSTAN WERE HEAPED UP WITH DEBRIS OF THE USSR
Author: Anel Davletgalieva, Ivan Konovalov
History of the Soviet anti-missile radar Daryal at Balkhash Lake ended with its collapse
Source: Kommersant, January 28, 2010, p. 5
[Kazakh rescuers are carrying out a difficult rescue operation not far from the Balkhash Lake. A part of gigantic building of radar station Daryal-U at the military testing range Sary-Shagan collapsed unexpectedly having heaped up several local residents.]
<> A PART OF BUILDING OF RADAR STATION DARYAL COLLAPSED AT SARY-SHAGAN TESTING RANGE
Kazakh rescuers are carrying out a difficult rescue operation not far from the Balkhash Lake. A part of gigantic building of radar station Daryal-U at the military testing range Sary-Shagan collapsed unexpectedly having heaped up several local residents.
The Soviet military started construction of new radar station Daryal-U in Kazakhstan not far from the radar station Dnepr that was already there and was getting obsolete in the 1980s. In 1990, construction of the secret object was frozen despite a high degree of its readiness. The USSR broke up in 1991. During division of its property the radio technical node at the Balkhash Lake became property of independent Kazakhstan but was left to Russia for operation. Moscow did not have a wish to complete the construction project and it preferred partial modernization of old Dnepr. In January of 2003, Russian servicemen quit Daryal-U and returned it to Kazakhstan.
Already then buildings of the station were abandoned and looted seriously soon. A big fire happened at Daryal-U on September 17 of 2004 and nothing except for the ferroconcrete carcass remained from one of high-rise buildings. During the unauthorized dismantling of a high-rise building of the station started some time ago, a partial collapse with overall area from 250 to 500 square meters happened last Friday. Local residents tried to disassemble metallic constructions again for sale as scrap. There were human losses this time. Rescuers already found one dead body. At least three ...