Chernobyl

Number of living former Chernobyl clean-up workers falls to slightly over 70,000

The number of living former Chernobyl clean-up workers in Belarus fell to slightly more than 70,000 people on January 1, 2014 compared with some 140,000 five years before, Natallya Kakhnowskaya, of the emergency management ministry's Chernobyl relief department, told repor

Lukashenka touring Chernobyl-affected areas

Alyaksandr Lukashenka on April 24 embarked on an annual tour of radioactively contaminated areas in southern Belarus on the occasio

Organizers of Chernobyl anniversary demonstration to ask for permission to march on roadway

The organizers of a traditional "Charnobylski Shlyakh" (Path of Chernobyl) demonstration to be staged in Minsk on April 26 will ask the city government for permission to march on the roadway, Dzyanis Sadowski, executive secretary of the Belarusian Christian Democracy party

Some 40 people arrested after Chernobyl anniversary demonstration

  Some 40 people were arrested by police after a traditional march and rally held by opposition forces in Minsk on April 26 to mark the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, said a human rights group called Vyasna.

Lukashenka on tour of Chernobyl-affected areas

  Alyaksandr Lukashenka on April 24 embarked on an annual tour of radioactively contaminated areas in southern Belarus on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Expert warns of thyroid cancer risk in those affected by Chernobyl accident in childhood

The risk of thyroid cancer is much higher in Belarusians who did not come of age when the Chernobyl nuclear accident occurred...

Lukashenka set to attend Kyiv conference

Alyaksandr Lukashenka will attend a Chernobyl conference in Kyiv despite a top European Union official’s recent warning issued to the Ukrainian government over...

World Bank approves additional $30-million loan for Post-Chernobyl Recovery Project in Belarus

The Board of the Executive Directors of the World Bank has approved a $30-million Additional Financing Loan for Belarus for the Post-Chernobyl Recovery Project (PCRP), a representative of the World Bank office in Belarus told

Minsk regrets UK visa denials for Chernobyl children

The Belarusian foreign ministry regrets the UK authorities' decision to deny visas to a group of Belarusian children, Andrey Savinykh, spokesman for the ministry, told reporters in Minsk on July 15, as quoted by BelaPAN

Chernobyl children refused entry to Britain

The border agency says its tougher measures are driven by child safety. But British host families whose prospective visitors have been refused visas include...

Tennis star Maria Sharapova gives master class to children in Homyel

Tennis star Maria Sharapova gave a tennis master class to children in Homyel on July 1, BelaPAN reports.

Tennis star Maria Sharapova to visit Homyel region

The athlete, 23, will head for Belarus from the Wimbledon tournament to meet with young people affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Radiation impact research near Chernobyl plant

Days before the 24th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident, a BelaPAN correspondent traveled to the reserve established in the vicinity of the Chernobyl nuclear plant to study the impact of exposure t

Belarusian Popular Front is abandoning its traditional way of observing Chernobyl anniversary, leader says

The Belarusian Popular Front (BPF) is abandoning its traditional way of commemorating the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident, BPF Chairman Alyaksey Yanukevich told reporters in Minsk on Thursday, as quoted by BelaPAN

Regular thyroid screening needed in Chernobyl-hit areas

Thyroid screening should be conducted in radioactively contaminated areas on a regular basis to diagnose pathologies early, Valyantsina Drozd, head of Belarus’ Arnika foundation that helps people with thyroid cancer, said at a Chernobyl conference that opened in Homyel on

Agricultural fields aflame near Chernobyl exclusion zone

The sowing season is in full swing and agricultural workers burn dry grass in the Brahin district, Homyel region, near the Chernobyl exclusion zone to prepare fields, BelaPAN reports.

Government to allocate some $269 million under Chernobyl relief program this year

Around 780.3 billion rubels ($269 million) is projected to be provided in national budget funds this year for efforts to alleviate the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, Emergency Management Minister Enver Baryyew said at a meeting held by the Council of Minis

Cabinet shortens list of radioactively contaminated localities

The Belarusian authorities have removed 211 cities and villages from the list of localities situated in radioactively contaminated areas, Serafima Kukina, a senior official of the emergency management ministry, told BelaPAN

Video: Opposition stages Chernobyl anniversary demonstration

Up to 1000 people participated in an opposition-organized demonstration in Minsk on Sunday afternoon to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Opposition stages Chernobyl anniversary demonstration in Minsk

A crowd estimated by reporters at up to 1000 people participated in an opposition-organized demonstration in Minsk on Sunday afternoon to mark the 23rd anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster...

Head of Union Chernobyl-Belarus urges EU support

  The chairman of the Union Chernobyl-Belarus has urged the European Union to mediate in talks between Belarus' civil society and the authorities.