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EAST-KAZAKHSTANI OBLAST

Jewish organizations in Ust-Kamenogorsk City
Jewish organizations in Semipalatinsk City

  Ust-Kamenogorsk City is administrative center.

  The territory of East-Kazakhstani oblast is 283,3 thousand square kilometers. The population is about 1,5 million people, 58% of them is urban population. Most if the territory is in Altay Mountains. The maximum altitude of Altay is 4,000 meters. The average January temperature is 17把-23把 below zero, average July temperature is +19把-+23把. Precipitations between 120 and 1500 mm/year in the mountains
The main river is Irtysh. Bukhtarma reservoir is including Marakkol and Zaisan lakes. Non-ferrous metallurgy is based on polymetal field of Ore Altay. There is engineering, metalworker, woodworker, food, building construction and light industry. On Irtysh River there are Ust-Kamenogorsk, Ulbinsk and Bukhtarma hydroelectric power stations. Non-watering agriculture is predominating. Sunflower, potato and fruit growing are well developed. Also there is an animal husbandry, beekeeping, fish breeding, fur trade and shipping.

  Ust-Kamenogorsk City was founded in 1720 as a fortress Ust-Kamennaya, now it is an important railway junction, located on foothills of Ore Altay, also a goods station on Irtysh River.
The population is about 380 thousand people (for 1998). There are 2 Universities there, theatre, and museum of local lore.

  Since 1999 American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (AJJDC, "Joint") cooperates with Ust-Kamonogorsk Jewish national organizations. Welfare Center "Hesed" sponsored by "Joint" started working here in 2000.

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