Today marks 25 years since the tragic accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. One-fifth of the territory of Belarus was contaminated with radionuclides. Hundreds of thousands of people were resettled from contaminated areas of Gomel and Mogilev regions. The Chernobyl accident was recognized as the largest man-made disaster in the history of mankind. Guest "Morning Freedom" — the head of the public organization "Union Chernobyl-Belarus" Volchanin Alexander, who is now taking part in the funeral events in Ukraine.
SV: What, in your opinion, the most important issues related to the effects of Chernobyl, which in the 25th anniversary of the first to talk about?
Volchanin The main problem — it's the memory of the people who went where no longer with us.
SV: A year ago, your organization has sent a letter to U.S. President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President of the European Union and the Chairman of the European Parliament with a request to hold the 2011 international conference dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, which, in your opinion, could Belarus to help solve the problems of Chernobyl. A year later, an international conference was held, but in Kiev, and there is help Belarus did not say. There raise money for Ukraine to a new sarcophagus …
Volchanin Belarus has so far always forget. But, I think I may forget because our Belarusian officials do not want to talk about the Chernobyl disaster …
SV: How would you rate the current policy of the Belarusian authorities against the liquidators?
Volchanin The liquidators in Belarus — the most vulnerable liquidators in the world. If you take Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Moldova — then today they were mourning, the liquidators of the Chernobyl accident were awarded medals. And we in the Republic of Belarus does not. We've now got the position that the Belarusian liquidators do not have the rights and social security, as our brothers from other countries of the CIS and the Baltic States. This retirement, this pension is and spa software, and medications. It is very sad that today we have to talk about it.