Alexei Wladimirowitsch Jablokov, Biologist and Environmental Policymaker, Russia

„Chernobyl affects all of us“

Alexei Wladimirowitsch Jablokov is a biologist and environmental policymaker. He served as an environmental adviser to Mikhail Gorbachev and his successor Boris Yeltsin, and in 2005 he founded the Union of Greens of Russia. He is co-author of the book Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment, published in English in 2009. It can be downloaded from the New York Academy website (www.nyas.org).

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“The consequences of Chernobyl are far worse than officially acknowledged. When it comes to the despicable cover up, the Kremlin has gone on a joint mission with international institutions such as the IAEA, WHO or UNSCEAR. According to secret instructions that came into my possession, the course was set in 1988. The number of people severely exposed to radiation was drastically lowered at the stroke of a pen, and the fate of thousands was simply swept under the carpet. Added to this are the current calculations, which are simply based on false premises. For instance, the average person that they are based on is a 20-year-old man. This is absurd. We all know that children’s bodies or those of elderly people react to radiation in a completely different manner. Instead, I and many other critics have had blanket accusations thrown at us that we work in an unscientific manner. But in addition to my own research, I have first and foremost analysed existing studies that have been confirmed in most cases by the work of other scientists. And some findings on Chernobyl don’t require any science at all. The sharp fall in birth rates or the US ban on importing European food products in the first weeks after the nuclear accident speak for themselves, as does the sharp rise in cases of thyroid cancer or cataracts. Chernobyl doesn’t only concern those countries directly affected such as the Ukraine, Belarus or Russia; Chernobyl affects all of us in the world. Over 800,000 people died or will die from the long-term effects of radiation.”


Alexei Jablokov passed away January 10th 2017 at the age of 83.

 

 

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