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At Stepnogorsk about 20 years ago the Soviet military flung up a huge bio-weapons factory on the Kazakh steppe in violation of the Biological Weapons Convention which the Soviet Union had signed in 1972 joining the United States and more than a hundred other nations On the site today Yuriy Rufov is the director of an enterprise called Biomedpreparat which is a big name for a little company Except for Rufov and a few aides huddling in their coats in a bare unheated office building the subzero morning we visited Biomedpreparat doesnt exist It has no factory no machinery no laboratories In the Soviet era Stepnogorsk was a secret city one of 30 or so locations that did not appear on maps and the plant part of the Soviet biotechnology program known as Biopreparat manufactured anthrax for the military Since 1996 the United States has spent 25 million dollars to turn most of the vast plant into rubble Washington also agreed to help Biomedpreparat convert what remains into a pharmaceuticals factory and get the former staff back to work That hasnt happened to Rufovs frustration Rufov insisted that he and his colleagues wouldnt easily offer their services to other governments We were all educated to believe in the rightfulness of the Soviet Union and the Communist Party Going to work in the Middle East would go against everything we spent most of our lives believing in Yet thousands of those who were the Soviet Unions elitegranted the best of salaries housing food schools free vacations on the Black Sea and other privileges that the state could offerare today unemployed and barely able to put bread on the table It doesnt take much imagination to realize that some of them no matter how loyal or patriotic could eventually be forced to sell what they know Of the 680 scientists and technicians who worked at the Stepnogorsk plant in its final
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