Bishkek, 24 June 2022 – On 16 June, the former uranium-mining town Mailuu-Suu in the Jalal-Abad province celebrated the opening of the Museum of the History of Mailuu-Suu and the Uranium Heritage of Kyrgyzstan.
On 16 June, the former uranium-mining town Mailuu-Suu in the Jalal-Abad province celebrated the opening of the Museum of the History of Mailuu-Suu and the Uranium Heritage of Kyrgyzstan. The museum established in close collaboration with OSCE, UNDP, Mailuu-Suu City Hall, the Ministry of Emergency Situations and other partners, as part of the European Union project “Stakeholder Engagement for Uranium Legacy Remediation in Central Asia”. Ms Elektra Tsigaridas represented the European Union, Project Manager in the Sector for Nuclear Safety at the Directorate General for International Partnerships of the European Commission.
During the Soviet years, Mailuu-Suu was a regional centre for mining uranium ore, but the large industry collapsed with the breakup of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s. The new museum highlights the history and tradition of the industrial town and the effects of the mining and uranium tailing pits on the health of the local population and ecosystems.
The museum provides a shared and interactive experience: everyone can share relevant historical materials, stories and memories in the recording booth. Anyone is also welcome to participate in open discussions on various topics, such as radiation safety and reclamation of uranium tailings. The museum is expected to develop the cultural tourism of the town.
The museum opened under the Mailuu-Suu Development Forum, which promoted investment potential and stimulated socio-economic and environmental development of the town.
All photos from the museum opening are available through this link.