32 Years On, Russia’s Chernobyl ‘Clean Up’ Enriches Putin’s Friends Rather than Helps Accident’s Victims
September 22 – Thirty-two years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant
accident contaminated regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, Moscow has been
spending some 500 million rubles (seven million US dollars) a year not to treat
the victims of that disaster but rather to fill the pockets of the owners of Russian
That is the
conclusion of the Russian Audit Chamber which says most of the money – more than
two billion rubles (30 million US dollars) over the last five years -- has been
misused, often under cover of spending on untraceable “research” or not used at
all and that the companies want even more money next year (провэд.рф/article/50326-izluchenie-pribyli.html).
The auditors found
numerous violations of Russian laws, violations that appear to have been made
easier because much of the funding was passed through institutions of the Union
State with Belarus; but what appears to have infuriated them the most is that programs
intended to help victims are helping ever fewer.
2013 and 2017, only 8100 Russian victims of the Chernobyl accident received
help despite the fact that more than 26,000 people had been identified as
needing it. Instead, the money from Moscow went to projects that had nothing to
do with their health and indeed little to do with improving nuclear safety or
any future response to an accident.