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Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
On the surface, the Kazakh town of Aksu looks like a Communist stereotype but its metals factory, the world's biggest, is a far cry from the Communist model of ownership by the proletariat.
But there's a crucial difference. The Eurasian Resources Group factory is controlled by three billionaires and though the Kazakh government also has a stake it's a far cry from the Communist model of ownership by the proletariat.
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March 22, 2018
A woman walks past an apartment in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. On the surface, the Kazakh...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A woman walks past an apartment in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. On the surface, the Kazakh town of Aksu looks like a Communist stereotype. Its metals factory is the world's biggest and for generations it has provided residents with employment, healthcare, education and leisure. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan....
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. The Eurasian Resources Group factory is controlled by three billionaires and though the Kazakh government also has a stake it's a far cry from the Communist model of ownership by the proletariat. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Interior of Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen in the town of Aksu, north-eastern...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Interior of Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. These days one in five of Aksu's 50,000 residents works at the factory and it is a model for the country's state-sponsored capitalism under which tycoons are responsible for the welfare of "mono towns" that depend on their business. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A worker looks at a molten ferroalloy ladle at Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A worker looks at a molten ferroalloy ladle at Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. Both the plant and the smelter were privatised in the 1990s after Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union and became part of ERG's Central Asian mining and metals assets. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Petr Smotrich, a furnace operator at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant since 1978, wipes his hands in the kitchen,...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Petr Smotrich, a furnace operator at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant since 1978, wipes his hands in the kitchen, as his eight-year-old granddaughter Dana, plays nearby at his apartment in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. Smotrich has worked as a furnace operator at the smelter for 40 years. He met his wife Galiya there. She works as an administrator and their son Dmitry and daughter Irina also work at the same smelter. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A man lifts weights at a sports complex at the Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A man lifts weights at a sports complex at the Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. ERG, which is boosting exports of ferroalloys, says it has spent hundreds of millions of tenge currency, or millions of dollars, on social infrastructure such as a stadium and a swimming pool. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A teacher listens to a student during an electrician class lesson at a college of ferrous metallurgy...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A teacher listens to a student during an electrician class lesson at a college of ferrous metallurgy in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. Unemployment in Aksu is just 1.2 percent, well below the 5.0 percent national average, and crime, locals say, is almost nonexistent. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A melting furnace is seen inside Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A melting furnace is seen inside Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. The sign reads: "Do not throw paper, rubbish into the furnace, gas cleaning works!" REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Bakhytbek Mukanov, a smelter with 30 years experience, adjusts his gear at Eurasian Resources Group's...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Bakhytbek Mukanov, a smelter with 30 years experience, adjusts his gear at Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A furnace is seen inside Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu,...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A furnace is seen inside Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A woman walks with her child in a playground in the center of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan....
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A woman walks with her child in a playground in the center of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
People walk past Soviet-era statues, mostly of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, in the center of...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
People walk past Soviet-era statues, mostly of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, in the center of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A tractor transports hay past Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A tractor transports hay past Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Children play football in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Children play football in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A woman plays with her child in a street in the center of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan....
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A woman plays with her child in a street in the center of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Pensioner Konstantin Golubev, former welder at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant, smiles as he looks out of his...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Pensioner Konstantin Golubev, former welder at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant, smiles as he looks out of his fishing tent on the banks of the Irtysh River in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Horses graze near Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on the outskirts of the town of Aksu,...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Horses graze near Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on the outskirts of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A man packs his fishing gear on frozen Irtysh River in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A man packs his fishing gear on frozen Irtysh River in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Dana, 8, granddaughter of Petr Smotrich, a furnace operator at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant since 1978, draws...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Dana, 8, granddaughter of Petr Smotrich, a furnace operator at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant since 1978, draws as she plays in her grandfather's apartment in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Cars drive on a road toward Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on outskirts of the town...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Cars drive on a road toward Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on outskirts of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A street food vendor Nina waits for customers at a small market in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan....
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A street food vendor Nina waits for customers at a small market in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Students practice during a metal work class at a college of ferrous metallurgy in the town of Aksu, north-eastern...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Students practice during a metal work class at a college of ferrous metallurgy in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
People walk past pigeons on a street in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
People walk past pigeons on a street in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen at sunset in the town of Aksu, north-eastern...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Ferroalloys Plant is seen at sunset in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
A "Labor Glory" medal lies on old photographs of Petr Smotrich and his family, at his apartment. Smotrich...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
A "Labor Glory" medal lies on old photographs of Petr Smotrich and his family, at his apartment. Smotrich has worked as a furnace operator at Aksu Ferroalloys Plant since 1978, in the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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March 22, 2018
Pensioner Boltabek wearing felt boots fishes near Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on...
Aksu, Kazakhstan
The Wider Image: Kazakh metal workers' town thrives on booming demand
Pensioner Boltabek wearing felt boots fishes near Eurasian Resources Group's (ERG) Aksu Power Plant on the outskirts of the town of Aksu, north-eastern Kazakhstan. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov
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