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16 january, 2015

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Government defers to Civic Chamber’s opinion concerning radioactive contamination

Government defers to Civic Chamber’s opinion concerning radioactive contamination

With the Government having deferred to Civic Chamber’s opinion, signing of the order “On adoption of the List of localities placed in the vicinity of radioactively contaminated zones due to the Chernobyl disaster” was postponed.

Commission of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation on Ecology and Environment Protection in cooperation with the “Chernobyl” Union of Russia” actively engaged in discussions of a new draft of Russia’s governmental order “On adoption of the List of localities placed in the vicinity of radioactively contaminated zones due to the Chernobyl disaster”.

The document received a sweeping negative feedback from the public, as it envisioned the reduction of the number of localities placed within radioactively contaminated zones due to the Chernobyl disaster from 4413 down to 2161. According to this edition of the order, population of radioactively contaminated zones was due to be cut from 1,5 mln to 992 thousands of people.

This entailed full or partial cancellation of privileges and compensation payments to more than 600 thousands of people.

Initiated by a Commission member Irina Sorokina and the Head of the “Chernobyl” Union Vyacheslav Grishin, on November 19, 2014, the Civic Chamber of Russia held online conference with regional civic chambers and public organizations agitating for the rights of radioactive contamination sufferers to discuss the above-mentioned List.

The conference was followed with a public assessment of the draft version of the List that resulted in a negative opinion of the Civic Chamber submitted to the Government.

On December 11, 2014, Russia’s Civic Chamber held a discussion on issues of social and medical protection of residents of the regions of Russia hurt by radioactive contamination and liquidators of the Chernobyl disaster.

It was attended by representatives of 10 regions of the Russian Federation, whose interests were affected by the draft List, members of the Federal Assembly, as well as the Deputy Minister of Civil Defence, Emergencies and Disaster Relief Sergey Voronov.

The opinion of the Civic Chamber, expert organizations, regional representatives was accepted – the Government decided to continue working on the draft version of the List in cooperation with civil society institutions and postpone its adoption until the end of 2015.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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