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 Alexei Yablokov 

 Outspoken Russian environmental anti-nuclear activist – GreenPeace in Russia co-founder 

(above) Folks can return to the nuclear reactor stricken area in only 20,000 years: Amusement park electric bumper-cars attraction abandoned after Chernobyl nuclear disaster & evacuation of Pripyat, Ukraine on April 27, 1986.  Today, over 200 tons of uranium remains inside Chernobyl’s No 4 reactor, which exploded at 1:23 a.m. On the hush-hush, 48,000 residents were evacualted from of the city of Pripyat Ukraine, 3 kilometers from the site of the Chernobyl explosion. It wasn’t until two weeks later that Sweden, noticing mysterious and growing spikes in their own radiation monitors, sounded an alarm – the beginning of a long tradition of Scandinavia alerting the world to Russian nuclear calamity. Communist Party Secretary General Mikhail Gorbachev, only two years on the job, finally went live and admitted to the disaster on May 14, two weeks and four days after it happened, something many of the shadowy figures behind him opposed. With the new shelter dome over the site, the surrounding exclusion zone of around 2,600 square kilometers will remain uninhabitable – and it will take another 20,000 years before people can live near the plant again.

Fukushima is rated at 100's or even 1,000's of times worse that Chernobyl, but pregnant women and others are forced to return to dangerously contaminated areas in order to get government recovery help ...and farmers are forced to grow radioactive crops like rice & vegetables & feed in contaminated farmlands covered with 30 million 1-ton rotting plastic bags of radioactive waste. Photo: Nils Bøhmer

(above) Marin Sheen – Hollywood actor & environmental– anti-nuclear– peace– & human rights activist 


(Above) Alexei Yablokov (shown later in the video) hurls the truth at the corrupt IAEA & UN nuclear apologists who are paid shills by the nuclear energy industry war machine to hide the truth & attack & jail those who tell the truth that nuclear is not safe & clean: you pay the price of nuclear energy with the blood of your children.

Alexei Yablokov 

—(original article, here)—

Jan 10, 2017 by Charles Digges

Alexei Yablokov, the towering grandfather of Russian ecology who worked with Bellona to unmask Cold War nuclear dumping practices in the Arctic, has died in Moscow after a long illness. He was 83.


...a person on whom the authorities had no influence


  • Nuclear environmental pollution issues, Nuclear Russia Environmental Pollution at Sea & the Artic
  • Cold War nuclear dumping practices in the Arctic
  • Dumped military reactors & scuttled nuclear submarines in the Arctic
  • The Russian Northern Fleet: Source of Radioactive Contamination (document, here)
  • Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment  (pdf, here)
  • Dumped Russian nuclear sub shows no radioactive leaks, but still presents chain reaction dangers  (here)
  • Russia announces decades of Russian nuclear reactors & radioactive waste & nuclear reactors dumped into Kara Sea in Arctic ocean north of Siberia   (here)
  • Russia to resume subcritical nuclear bomb tests in Arctic? – Beefs up military security at old Arctic nuclear test archipelago of Novaya Zemlya for so-called subcritical nuclear tests of old nuclear weapons  (here)
  • Russia’s aging Kola Nuclear Power Plant - 2 reactors past engineered life spans - negotiates with Gazprom to build 2 more reactors for underwater Arctic Shtokman oil & gas reserves (here)
  • Floating nuclear power plants attracting interest of the oil industry in Russia and abroad: Kaliningrad – The extremely hazardous use of floating and underwater atomic energy stations to supply power to tap remote oil and gas reserves is gaining currency among not only Russian gas giants but their Norwegian counterparts as well, despite vociferous environmental criticism (here)


Alexei Yablokov speaking at a Bellona conference. Credit: Bellona

As a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, he was also the lead author of the seminal 2007 book, “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment.”

The book presented the conclusion that the 1986 Chernobyl disaster was responsible for 985,000 premature deaths – the boldest mortality tally to date – by analyzing 6,000 source materials on the accident.

Bellona President Frederic Hauge Tuesday remembered Yablokov as a friend of three decades standing. “He was an inspiration, a great friend and a great scientist, one of the world’s most significant environmental heroes,” said Hauge. “To know him and to work with him, someone of such cool and keen intellect is a memory we should all take care of and treasure.”

Alexei Yablokov in Oslo. (Photo: Viktor Teryoshkin/Bellona)

Yablokov commanded a broad environmental and political mandate in Russia, and published over 500 papers on biology, ecology, natural conservation and numerous textbooks on each of these subjects. He founded Russia’s branch of Greenpeace and was the leader of the Green Russia faction of the Yabloko opposition party.

While serving as environmental advisor to President Boris Yeltsin’s from 1989 to 1992, Yablokov published a searing white paper that detailed the gravity of the radiological threat posed by dumped military reactors and scuttled nuclear submarines in the Arctic.  The catalogue of waste dumped at sea by the Soviets, includes some 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships containing radioactive waste, 14 nuclear reactors, including five that still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radioactively contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two reactors loaded with nuclear fuel.


U.S. is probably #1: Catalogue of nuclear waste dumped at sea by the Soviets: 17,000 containers of radioactive waste, 19 ships containing radioactive waste, 14 nuclear reactors, including five that still contain spent nuclear fuel; 735 other pieces of radioactively contaminated heavy machinery, and the K-27 nuclear submarine with its two reactors loaded with nuclear fuel.


Yablokov’s white paper spearheaded an epoch of environmental openness that led to more than $3 billion in international aid to Russia to clean up 200 decommissioned submarines and to secure decades of military nuclear waste. 

The paper’s findings dovetailed an early Bellona report in 1992 on radioactive waste dumped by the Russian Navy in the Kara Sea.

Hauge said that Yablokov was “the first person in a position of power in Russia who was brave enough to step forward and support our conclusions.”

“He helped open serious discussion about what was a Chernobyl in slow motion,” said Hauge.

The partnership became critical. In 1995, Bellona’s Alexander Nikitin was charged with treason for his contribution to a report expanding on Bellona’s conclusions about nuclear dangers in the Arctic. The report was called “The Russian Northern Fleet: Source of Radioactive Contamination (pdf download, here).”

Throughout the endless hearings leading up to Nikitin’s eventual acquittal, Hauge said Yablokov’s “calm, collected” knowledge of the Russian constitution helped guide the defense.

“His coolness during the Nikitin case was remarkable,” said Hauge on Tuesday. “He really emphasized that the constitution was the way to Nikitin’s acquittal.”

A nuclear submarine being dismantled.

In 2000, Russia’s Supreme Court agreed, and acquitted Nikitin on all counts, making him the first person to ever fight a treason charge in Russia and win.

Yablokov was a constant luminary at Bellona presentations in Russia, the European Union, the United States and Norway, most recently presenting his 2007 book in Oslo on the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

He was also a tireless defender of environmental activists in Russia, suggesting at a 2014 Bellona conference in St. Petersburgthat ecological groups should publish a list of those government officials who harass them.

“We must constantly support our comrades who have been forced to leave the country or who have ended up in jail on account of their environmental activism,” he told the conference.

That same year, Yablokov championed the presentation of a report on environmental violations that took place at Russia’s showcase Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Yablokov arranged for activists from the Environmental Watch on the Northern Caucasus – many of whom were jailed, exiled or otherwise harassed into silence – to present their shocking report on Olympic environmental corruption in Moscow when every other venue had turned them away.

“He was a friend and advisor to us from the beginning and in a large part we owe the success of our Russian work to his steady advice and guidance,” said Hauge.

Yablokov’s death was mourned across the spectrum in Moscow. Igor Chestin, head of the WWF called Yablokov Russia’s “environmental knight.”

Valery Borschsev, Yablokov’s colleague in the human rights faction of the Yabloko party said of him that “he was a person on whom the authorities had no influence.”

Charles Digges
charles@bellona.no








 

 
 

 


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