Belarusian authorities ignore petitions from Chernobyl disaster veterans

2013 2013-08-16T14:14:19+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Aliaksandr Valchanin

Aliaksandr Valchanin

The Kyiv-based public organization called "Union-Chernobyl-Belarus", chaired by an ambulance paramedic from the town of Zhodzina, Aliaksandr Valchanin, has not received responses to their address with a proposal to unify the "Chernobyl" legislation of Russia and Belarus submitted to the Belarusian parliament, the government and the Ministry of Emergency Situations over a month ago.

The petitions were sent to the government, the parliament and the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Belarus and the Russian Duma, the parties in the Duma, the Russian Ministry of Emergency Situations. "The Russians responded quickly. Moreover, their reaction to the proposals on the harmonization is positive. And not a sound from the structures of my native country. They just ignored our requests,” says Aliaksandr Valchanin.

In the near future, Aliaksandr Valchanin plans to travel to Moldova, where he will meet with local victims of the Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion. “I will raise the question of unification and will surely tell what treatment to the cleanup veterans we are facing here. These actions of the Belarusian authorities do not add to the country’s reputation,” says he.