Liquidator Says Chernobyl Facts 'Silenced'

"Twenty-five years ago, Alexander Glushchenko volunteered to join the 'liquidators,' an army of 600,000 who put their lives on the line to clean up the aftermath of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

But sitting in his Moscow apartment, packed with books and photos about the catastrophe, he argued that with a disaster this big, there could be no liquidation, only a 'minimization' of the consequences.

Glushchenko, 68, said crucial facts about the catastrophe remain 'silenced' and that the global community still has not learned its lesson.

However, the solution is not abandoning nuclear industry altogether but developing a 'culture of nuclear safety,' said Glush"

Alexandra Odynova reports for the Moscow Times in the conclusion of a three-part series April 26, 2011.

Part Two: "On the Trail of a Deadly Chernobyl Killer"

Part One: "The Day a Soviet Paradise Stood Still"

SEE ALSO:

"Life After Chernobyl Blast Shown in Photo Exhibit" (AP)

"Chernobyl Can Provide Lessons for Japan, Russian Activist Says" (Japan Times)

"Chernobyl's Legacy: No Likely Return To Normality And a Never-Ending Bill" (Guardian)

"Anonymous Letter Prompts New Investigation of Nuclear Plant" (Moscow Times)

"Chernobyl's Dark Legacy Lingers 25 Years on" (Australian Herald Sun)

"Candle-Lit Vigil To Remember Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster" (BBC News)

"Chernobyl 25 Years On: Learning the Lessons of Nuclear Disaster" (London Telegraph)

"Chernobyl Anniversary: 5 Lessons From the Disaster" (London Telegraph)

"Ukraine Seeks Millions for Chernobyl Shelter" (AP)

Personal Essay: "The Meaning of Chernobyl" (Moscow Times)

"Forest Fires Around Chernobyl Could Release Radiation, Scientists Warn" (Guardian)

"Chernobyl Anniversary: How the Disaster Unfolded" (London Telegraph)

"Anti-Nuclear Protesters Demonstrate in Germany on  Eve of Chernobyl Disaster Anniversary" (MSNBC)

"25 Years Later, Chernobyl Reinvented as a Tourist Hotspot" (Atlantic)

"Ghost Town Bears Witness to Lasting Nuclear Scourge" (New York Times)

"25 Years After Chernobyl, a Village Persists" (Lens/NYT)

"I Thought I'd Escaped From Chernobyl – But I Hadn't" (UK Independent)

"25 Years from Chernobyl to Fukushima" (Southern Alliance for Clean Energy)

Source: Moscow Times, 04/26/2011