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YABLOKO conducted a picket by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency against construction of nuclear power stations abroad on the Russian federal budget money

Press Release

April 26, 2013



Every year on April 26, the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, YABLOKO has been conducting an action by the Russian Atomic Energy Agency (Rosatom) to commemorate those who died, express sympathy for those who got sick in this tragedy and remind everyone of the consequences of nuclear energy sector.

The danger of explosion has not been the only issue for the past years, the topic of distribution of budgetary funds by Rosatom has also been touched. This time YABLOKO has protested against Rosatoms plans to spend billions of dollars of budget money on construction of nuclear power plants abroad.

Rosatom plans to invest USD 20 billion in the economy of Turkey to construct and operate the Akkuyu nuclear power plant. Turkeys economy will receive this colossal amount of money from Russias taxpayers without any counter profit for Russia. Rosatom also plans to construct a nuclear power plant in Vietnam which will cost USD 10 billion. India, China, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Egypt and even Bangladesh with its unstable situation and some other countries are next in turn for Russias budgetary funds via Rosatom.

Galina Mikhaleva

This money belongs to the citizens of Russia and it should be spent on medicine, education, infrastructure, but not on the construction of nuclear power plants abroad, said Galina Mikhaleva, First Deputy Chair of the Moscow branch of YABLOKO. She also added that the money for the construction of the nuclear power plant in Turkey would be enough to build 5 thousand kindergartens in Russia.

According to Galina Mikhaleva, Rosatom would receive 1.247 trillion rubles from the budget between 2013 and 2020. The amount would exceeded Russias Pension Fund deficit.

Address to Sergei Kiriyenko, General Director of Rosatom

Mikhaleva also spoke about the results of investigation of Rosatoms activities held by YABLOKOs anti-corruption department. Rosatom had ordered the delivery and installation of 18 air-supply units, which cost 17 million rubles, for its plant in the Electrostal city in the Moscow area. YABLOKO anti-corruption department found out that the order was made so that the client could weed out independent suppliers. YABLOKO had already appealed against this order in the Federal Antimonopoly Service of the Russian Federation, added Galina Mikhaleva.

The picket took place during the lunch break in the Agency, and common employees of Rosatom received YABLOKOs leaflets on how Rosatom had been engaged in budget distribution.

The police was impressed by YABLOKO newspaper as its contents did not coincide with the topic of the action. Maya Zavyalova, the organiser of the action, proved to the police officer that he was wrong.

See also:

Nuclear Safety

Protection of Environment

YABLOKO Agianst Corruption




Press Release

April 26, 2013

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