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Struan Stevenson has served as a Conservative Euro MEP for Scotland since 1999. He is Chairman of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq and President of the Climate Change, Biodiversity and Sustainable Development Intergroup. He was appointed during 2010 by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation Europe (OSCE) as a Personal Representative (Roving Ambassador) of the Chairman in Office (Kazakhstan) responsible for Ecology and Environment with a particular focus on Central Asia. His publication about the plight of victims of Stalin's nuclear tests in East Kazakhstan, Crying Forever, has to date raised more than $80,000, a sum which has been donated to the victims of the nuclear tests in Kazakhstan through the worldwide charity Mercy Corps.
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In this book Struan Stevenson travels to the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He investigates the effects of Stalin's reign on the land and lives of the region. Despite almost insurmountable challenges, however, there ultimately is a strong message of hope as both local and international organizations face up to the effects of disastrous and inhuman Soviet policies.