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    http://english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/360/10709_radiation.html Radioactive Catastrophe Ruined Lives of Pupils 08/13/2003 13:35 Out of the 30 third-form pupils
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      Radioactive Catastrophe Ruined Lives of Pupils 08/13/2003 13:35
      Out of the 30 third-form pupils who liquidated consequences of a nuclear
      catastrophe 17 are already dead

      A boy named Ruslan from the village of Muslyumovo holds a small fish caught
      in the Techa River, the one into which radioactive waste from the Mayak
      enterprise streamed down. Now the river is the world's most radioactive
      river and is even registered in the Guinness Record Book. The boy is going
      to feed his cat with the fish caught in the radioactive river. And this
      situation has lasted for about 50 years already.
      A particular status has been recovered for five people from the village
      Tatarskaya Karabolka (the Chelyabinsk Region) who participated in the
      clean-up of the nuclear accident on the territory of the Mayak enterprise.
      This became possible only thanks to the legal assistance of the World Tatar
      Congress.
      The Mayak enterprise dealing with processing of radioactive waste where the
      tragic accident occurred in 1957 is situated close to the closed military
      camp of Ozersk. Sessions at the court of Ozersk lasted for three days, July
      19-21 this year; the session hall was crowded. Lawyer Roza Fardiyeva from
      the World Tatar Congress, who protected the interests of the five citizens
      whose particular status has been recovered, explains that the people who
      gathered in the session hall consider themselves young clean-up workers of
      the nuclear catastrophe in 1957. These people, being pupils in 1957, were
      involved in dismantling of irradiated buildings, in clearing of rubbish and
      in autumn they liquidated harvest so that to prevent irradiated vegetables
      from entering the market.
      Unfortunately, the villagers were not aware of the risk they suffered at
      that themselves. Those who participated in liquidation of the tragic
      consequences were not informed that the work was dangerous; what is more,
      the official archives contain no documents proving that people from the
      village Tatarskaya Karabolka actually participated in liquidation of the
      catastrophe consequences. There was just an oral command to send pupils from
      Tatarskaya Karabolka to the village fields after the radioactive
      catastrophe. According to official documents, only workers of the Mayak
      enterprise participated in liquidation of the tragic consequences.
      Attorney Roza Fardiyeva brought a black-and-white photography made in 1955
      after her last visit to the Chelyabinsk Region. This is a photo of the third
      form of the school from Tatarskaya Karabolka; there are 30 smiling faces on
      it. The attorney says that 17 people from the photo are already dead, the
      rest were given the diagnosis of cancer.
      It was only in the post-perestroika era that the rights of people from the
      village Tatarskaya Karabolka were restored. In 1998 the court of Ozersk
      determined that schoolchildren had been actually engaged in liquidation of
      the radioactive catastrophe consequences. About 40 people from the Tatar
      village were given the status of clean-up workers of the radioactive
      catastrophe. Monthly pensions at the rate of 250 rubles were granted to each
      of them; the people also received tickets to sanatoria and free medicines.
      But the villagers had a chance to enjoy the benefits just within two years
      only. After that, the Chelyabinsk Regional Court overturned the decision
      taken by the Ozersk court and the people were deprived of the status of
      liquidators of the radioactive catastrophe.
      The people immediately appealed to court, but the investigation was delayed.
      Meanwhile, the federal center continued to appropriate pensions and
      subsidies to those who liquidated the consequences of the radioactive
      catastrophe. Attorney Roza Fardiyeva says that the money stayed at the
      regional administration. At that, the sum made up about 30,000 rubles
      ($1,000) per a person.
      Now, when the rights of five people who participated in liquidation of the
      tragedy consequences are restored, Roza Fardiyeva plans to appeal against
      the decision of the Chelyabinsk Regional Court that deprived the people of
      the right for a compensation for their ruined health.

      When attorneys of the World Tatar Congress visited the villages of
      Muslyumovo and Tatarskaya Karabolka they learnt about more problems of the
      local population. As it turned out they need more medicines and have other
      everyday problems unsolved.
      Alsou Musina

      Read the original in Russian:
      http://society.pravda.ru/society/2003/8/27/84/12841_.html (Translated by:
      Maria Gousseva)

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