Russian Enrichment Program: “Naukograd (Science City): Force Labor, Stalinist Science, and the Birth of the Soviet Closed City”
Titled “Naukograd (Science City): Force Labor, Stalinist Science, and the Birth of the Soviet Closed City,” the presentation will take place in Room 135 of the Academic Building.
McDonald will analyze the role of forced labor in designing and establishing the first Soviet closed nuclear city, Arzamas-16 (known today as Sarov), which is still the center of Russia’s nuclear weapons program.
McDonald earned his bachelor’s degree in history from ASU in 2015 and his master’s in history from Texas Tech University in 2017, focusing on the history of Russia and the Soviet Union. He has also conducted research in the former Soviet archives in Moscow.
The presentation is sponsored by the Department of English and Modern Languages and the ASU Russian Club.