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Inside Kazakhstan's giant crypto-mine

Last year Kazakhstan became the second biggest crypto-currency mining country in the world, thanks partly to a vast mine containing 50,000 computers in the desert near the northern city of Ekibastuz.

Young men work 12 hours a day for 15 days in a row without leaving the site, in order to keep it running round the clock.

But the rapid growth of crypto-mining in the country has put pressure on the energy sector, which relies heavily on polluting, carbon-intensive coal-fired power stations.

Earlier this month the rising cost of car fuel acted as the trigger for nationwide political protests. For five days the Kazakh crypto-mines could not connect to the internet, causing crypto-currency transactions across the world to slow down.

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You can watch the full documentary, Our World – Kazakhstan’s Crypto-Boom? on BBC News and BBC World News, from Friday 4 February and during the weekend.

Reporter: Joe Tidy

Producer: Natalia Zuo

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