This video episode features a very interesting cultural phenomenon, the closed city. Learn what are the problems and concerns of those who live in the city that is physically disconnected from other large urban centers hence exists in relative isolation.
The city over centuries famously known for its monastery, in the twenty century disappeared from Soviet maps and statistical documents. Since 1946 it became a center of the Russian nuclear industry and loosely modeled on the factory town template. According to a story told in this video, the closed city named Arzamas 16 and referred to only by a postal-code is full of mysterious artifacts that have been preserved from Soviet times. The city was devoted to the research and manufacture of military equipment and, most importantly, nuclear weapons. This city has concentrated thousands of the most advanced scientists and engineers To compensate for the stresses of performing highly classified work in a remote location to which few had access, its workers tend to be better paid. On the one hand inhabitants indicate that wages are high and they experience fewer crime and drug problems and better quality housing, schools, and public services. On the other hand, the city is physically surrounded by barbed wire, with armed guards, inhabitants have physical limitations on travelling abroad and foreigners cannot enter. Moreover, Russians need a special pass in order to gain access to its territory or a permit to to relocate to another city. This pass is most readily available to anyone who has close relatives resident in Arzamas 16. A pass is also issued to people who have got a job in the city or who have found themselves a husband or a wife among the local residents.