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.
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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The town also has a trade school so Aksu residents can get education and find work without ever leaving.
The only thing lacking is entertainment and those looking for night clubs or cinemas travel 50 km to regional centre
Pavlodar, Smotrich says. Others spend their free time fishing on the renovated embankment on the Irtysh river.