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YABLOKO conducted a picket by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster

Press Release

April 26, 2012

On April 26, the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, YABLOKO conducted a staged action by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) under the slogan "Save the world from the peaceful atom". Ten activists of the party wearing costumes of deaths came to the Rostam building. They were holding Rosatoms slogans and were headed by an activist wearing a mask of Sergei Kiriyenko, Rostam head. The placards were saying Chernobyl. Fukushima. I want more!, The nuclear energy sector is the safest in the world!, Kiriyenko, build nuclear power stations faster! and Kiriyenko to presidency!

YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin, who also attended the action, said that the party had been commemorating the tragic Chernobyl anniversary for many years already. "Not only we commemorate those who died and express sympathy for those who got sick in this tragedy, but we also speak about the danger of the new Rosatoms plans, said Sergei Mitrokhin.

He spoke about Rostams plans to build a nuclear power plant on the border of Novgorod and Vladimir regions, near the town Murom. The nuclear power plant would be built on moving karst soils, where an accident may occur at any time and this would inevitably lead to a disaster similar to that in Chernobyl. At the same time Sergei Mitrokhin said that the money for this construction came from the state budget rather than private investors. "This is the taxpayers' money, the money of ordinary Russians, teachers, doctors and people with disabilities. Moreover, Rosatom builds with our money nuclear plants not only in Russia but also abroad," Sergei Mitrokhin stressed.

Thus, Rosatim plans to build nuclear power plants in China, India and Turkey. In Turkey the plant will be built in a seismically hazardous area, which had a strong earthquake in 2011. But Rosatom did not care about this, the money (USD 1 bln) for the construction of this plant had been allotted three days after the quake, Mitrokhin said.

According to Mitrokhin, the Turkish opposition would not allow Rostaom to implement this plan, and the money allotted for it would most likely vanish. "But we know where the money will go, look at the expensive cars parked by Rostams building, he noted.

Academician Alexei Yablokov, leader of YABLOKOs Green Russia faction and renowned environmentalist, told about independent assessments of the Chernobyl disaster being significantly more pessimistic than the official reports. "It's millions of deaths and diseases, cancers, premature aging and diseases of the endocrine system," stressed Yablokov.

According to Yablokov, 43 per cent of toxic sediments polluted the territory of the former Soviet Union after the disaster and the rest were spread across the globe. "Today, Chernobyl sediments can be found in the lakes of China, the Nile Delta and Japan," he said.

Also YABLOKO will hold the same action in Chelyabinsk, where YABLOKO activists, environmentalists and civil activists will pay tribute to the memory of liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster. The activists will fly 26 balloons symbolizing 26 years since the tragedy.

Sergei Mitrokhin and Alexei Yablokov

Alexei Yablokov

Sergei Mitrokhin and Galina Mikhalyova

Sergei Mitrokhin


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See also:

YABLOKO to picket the Russian Atomic Energy Agency on the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Press Release, April 25, 2012.

Yabloko for Nuclear Safety




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