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ITAR-TASS, November 28, 2003

Kurchatov Institute nuclear waste disposed - Putin.

MOSCOW, November 28 (Itar-Tass) -- The ratification of the multilateral nuclear environmental programme at the State Duma is "a serious step forward in the resolution of the problem of nuclear waste disposal in Russia," President Vladimir Putin said at a Friday conference on nuclear security.

He said the programme concentrates on the Soviet-made submarines based in the country's northwest.

"Contracts worth of $100 million have been signed with foreign partners. Naturally, Russia thinks it is a national task, and we have assigned the resources we could muster. In all 2 billion rubles were assigned for the goal this year," Putin said.

"We also worked on other aspects of the problem. For instance, the Nuclear Power Ministry disposed of radioactive ground and waste from the Kurchatov Institute in 2002-2003. I know that Grigory Yavlinsky and his Yabloko colleagues worked on that problem and raised the question of the Kurchatov Institute more than once. The work is now accomplished. Another important aspect is the energy contract in the Chelyabinsk region," Putin said.

Nuclear Power Minister Alexander Rumyantsev, Deputy Chief Scientific Secretary of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences and head of the Radio-Chemistry Laboratory of the Vernadsky Institute of Geo-Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry of the Russian Academy of Sciences Boris Myasoyedov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and President of the Center of Ecological Policy Alexander Yablokov, Yabloko leader Grigory Yavlinsky and Duma deputy from the Yabloko faction Sergei Mitrokhin attended the meeting.


See also:

YABLOKO for Nuclear Safety

Putin chairs meeting over nuclear safety, Itar-TASS, November 28, 2003

ITAR-TASS, November 28, 2003

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