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Stariye Bobovichi is one of thousands of communities in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus officially declared contaminated by Chernobyl. Recently, however, the Russian government upgraded the status of this village, claiming it had improved. This claim deprived the residents of this village of the appropriate medical, social insurance and compensation they would get as victims of the disaster.” (Rashid Alimov, Greenpeace – read article below.) Gee, sounds like Fukushima victims in Japan! Have Russia and Japan been talking at Sakhalin? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sakhalin-I. When reading about Rosatom, below, bear in mind that Rosatom is a State Corporation and is subordinate to the Russian President (Putin), rather than the government.

From Greenpeace:
Chernobyl: lessons not learned
Blogpost by Rashid Alimov – 25 April, 2017 at 18:50

A greyish brick building with a bust of Lenin in front of it. A school in Stariye Bobovichi in the Bryansk region of Russia. There could be something nostalgic about this picture, were it not for the feeling of danger it gives. When Greenpeace Russia took soil samples near the school and local club there was clear evidence of radioactive waste.

Activists from 50 towns and villages took the results to Russia’s Supreme court last June, but the court sided with the government. There was hope that the authorities would at least quarantine the area near the school where children walk and play. But they did nothing. [1]


Stariye Bobovichi [2] is one of thousands of communities in Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus officially declared contaminated by Chernobyl.

Recently, however, the Russian government upgraded the status of this village, claiming it had improved. This claim deprived the residents of this village of the appropriate medical, social insurance and compensation they would get as victims of the disaster.

Where responsibilities shrivel, irresponsibility grows. And the State that united its nuclear facilities into the mighty Rosatom corporation is further developing its risky business both at home and abroad.

In the centre of St. Petersburg, a floating nuclear power plant (NPP) [3] is under construction. Its two reactors will be soon fuelled and activated. Any nuclear accident in this city would have tragic consequences for its five million inhabitants.

The country’s nuclear regulator, recently told Greenpeace [4] that this is “beyond its responsibility”. This is frightening, given that, after Chernobyl, no nuclear power could be built closer than 100 km to a city with more than two million inhabitants. In 2014 this ban was lifted. Greenpeace has been working alongside the people responsible for dealing with the catastrophe, like the Chernobyl Union.

“We are absolutely against the floating NPP,” said Vasily Nayda, head of St. Petersburg’s branch of the Chernobyl Union. “The Leningrad NPP near the city, which has the same type of reactors as Chernobyl, is enough for us, we don’t want another one.”

The head of a local group of the St. Petersburg Chernobyl Union, Evgeny Frolov, points out that — unlike 1986, when, for 25 years after, the people responsible for dealing with the catastrophe were forbidden by the State to disclose their data — they now feel that they can no longer hide the truth.  

The floating nuclear power plant is only one of many dangerous schemes Rosatom is undertaking across the globe. They are speeding up their international projects in more countries, promising financial benefits, incentives, advanced technologies and ‘guaranteed safety’. But an in-depth analysis of the risks of Rosatom’s international projects paints a very different picture.

Rosatom’s profit-driven conceit ignores past disasters while not taking enough care to prevent future ones. They have forgotten about Chernobyl’s lessons. But, we have learned from Chernobyl and we will resist this dangerous irresponsibility and say no to the nuclear industry.

Please share this blog to expose and stop the new dangerous plans.

Rashid Alimov is a nuclear campaigner with Greenpeace Russia
[1] http://gorodbryansk.info/2017/04/nzb_bobovichi/
[2] http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/chernobyl-fukushima-radiation-light-painting/blog/56178/
[3] https://www.rferl.org/a/russia-petersburg-floating-nuclear-plant-safety-fears/28440654.html
[4] http://www.greenpeace.org/russia/en/news/nuclear-05-04-2017/
[5] http://www.greenpeace.org/hungary/PageFiles/636986/Rosatom_Risks_Report-2017_Update.pdf

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/chernobyl-rosatom-nuclear-lessons-floating-NPP/blog/59251/

Rosatom answers more directly to Putin, than some Russian state owned entities: “State Corporations are not obliged to submit to public authorities documents accounting for activities (except for a number of documents submitted to the Russian government) and, as a rule, are subordinate not to the government, but to the Russian president,…https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State-owned_enterprise#RussiaRosatom is the only vendor in the world able to offer the nuclear industry’s entire range of products and services. It runs all nuclear assets of the Russian Federation, both civil and weapons.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosatom

Comment posted on Greenpeace original post:
(Unregistered) Senatus says:
Russia uses its nuclear power plant programs as a tool for its geopolitical dominance. How? that is how, East Prussia after ww2 back then agreed between the alliance was given to ADMINISTER to Russia for 50 years only. East Prussia (Kaliningrad) region never legally and fully belongs to Russia but it is rather a Russia’s war trophy. Russia has militarized this small area of land beyond imaginable which represents threat to Europe. Russia’s Rosatom has started two major NucPP construction both bordering Lithuania. This is done clearly for the geopolitical reasons to block Lithuania to gain its energy independence since the region in general does not need for such concentration of energy producing plants. Fortunately one project that is on the bank of the river Nemunas in Kaliningrad region was stopped, but the other in Astravas just 50 kilometers from the Lithuania’s capitol city Vilnius is in works. Belarus a former territory of Grand Duchy of Lithuania but a vassal of Russia now ruled by Lukashenko is moving on with the construction of Astravas NucPP. This Astravas NucPP being constructed by Rosatom does not comply with the international standards procedures and regulations it does not has approved environmental impact assessment more over there was several incidents of failure of the structural elements that are under construction even rector was dropped during the transportation. Astravas NucPP is direct threat to population of Belarus and Lithuania and this threat is caused by Russia. Russia must stop their silent aggression and to contain and abandon their geopolitical ambition of dominance. Russia will never be allowed to occupy. Russia must withdraw from Belarus, Crimea and East of Ukraine immediately.

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/chernobyl-rosatom-nuclear-lessons-floating-NPP/blog/59251/

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