Semey, Abai Oblast, Kazakhstan

Includes the following communities: 
Semey, Abai Oblast, Kazakhstan
Semipalatinsk, Semipalatinsk Oblast, Kazakhstan
Семей, Абайская область, Казахстан
Семипалатинск, Семипалатинск область, Казахстан

The first Russian settlement in this area dates back to 1718 when a Russian fort was constructed on the site of an ancient Buddhist monastery.

Volga German families settled in Semipalatinsk even before the 1941 Deportation. In Semipalatinsk, there was a sustantial community of Volga Germans who followed the Seventh Day Adventist faith practice.

The city was known as Semipalatinsk until 2007 when its name was changed to Semey.

In 1949, the Soviet Union began construction of the Semipalatinsk Test Site for atomic bombs – located about 150 kilometers west of the city. Between 1949 and 1989, 456 nuclear tests, including 340 underground and 116 atmospheric tests, took place there.

Volga German Families: 

The following Volga German families settled in and around Semipalatinsk:

Erbes from Dönhof
Tittel from Dietel

Volga Colonies: 
Notable Individuals: 

- Semey (Wikipedia)

Pre-Volga Origin

Volga Colonies

Latitude: 50.400833
Longitude: 9.239167
Latitude: 51.181389
Longitude: 14.424167