Soviet Leader: Chernobyl Nuclear Accident Caused the Collapse of the USSR

Gorbachev Says Chernobyl – Not Perestroika or Reagan’s Arms Race – Caused the Break Up of the Soviet Union

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of open politics – called perestroika – is largely blamed for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

However, according to Gorbachev’s 1996 memoirs, it was the Chernobyl nuclear accident, rather than perestroika (or Ronald Reagan’s increased arms spending), which destroyed the Soviet Union.

As Gorbachev wrote in 2006:

The nuclear meltdown at Chernobyl 20 years ago this month, even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later. Indeed, the Chernobyl catastrophe was an historic turning point: there was the era before the disaster, and there is the very different era that has followed.

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The Chernobyl disaster, more than anything else, opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue. It made absolutely clear how important it was to continue the policy of glasnost, and I must say that I started to think about time in terms of pre-Chernobyl and post-Chernobyl.

The price of the Chernobyl catastrophe was overwhelming, not only in human terms, but also economically. Even today, the legacy of Chernobyl affects the economies of Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus.

As we’ve previously noted, “. Indeed, Fukushima .

And any country foolish enough to build unsafe nuclear reactors – based upon their ability to produce plutonium for nuclear warheads and to power nuclear submarines – may go the way of the Soviet Union.

Especially if it is foolish enough to let the same companies which built and run Fukushima build and run their new plants as well.

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  • gozounlimited

    Zeolite: A remedy for radiation exposure?

    Published scholarly articles say that the naturally-occurring and environment-friendly mineral has been used for many years as animal food additive by absorbing toxins.
    The pure forms of Clinoptilolite are used to detoxify humans.

    Gary J. Novinskie, President of Daleco Resources stated, “There are many potential applications for Clean Age Mineral’s patented Clinoptilolite-based zeolite products in Japan, and water and soil remediation is just the tip of the iceberg.

    “For example, while detailed information is limited, published data indicates that roughly 500,000 tons of zeolites, mainly Clinoptilolite, were utilized to deal with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
    “After the Chernobyl disaster, Clinoptilolite was mixed into the feed supply of dairy cattle to reduce the radiation in the milk produced. Children in the affected areas around Chernobyl were fed chocolate and biscuits that were formulated with Clinoptilolite zeolite and doses of zeolite- based liquids were administered to assist in the removal of radionuclides from their bodies.
    “Clinoptilolite zeolite was also incorporated in the cement blend that was utilized to “cap” the damaged Chernobyl reactor. Clean Age Minerals believes that the same or similar procedures can be deployed in Japan.”

    Read More: http://doctorsronline.blogspot.com/2011/04/zeolite-remedy-for-radiation-exposure.html

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  • http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/ Rehmat

    Some people prefer to live in self-denial. The USSR was ‘wiped off the map’ by Moscow’s occupation of Afghanistan. Now, the same mistake is haunting Washington.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2008/10/11/afghanistan-whats-next-dude/

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    We need an etch a sketch type of reactor, and there is one.

  • http://reasonandjest.com/blog/ Scott Lazarowitz

    No, it was central planning that brought down the Soviet Union, just as it is central planning that is bringing down the European Union, and, especially, the U.S.

    • liberal

      Central planning, in the US? Hah, hah, hah, hah hah hah hah…

      • davidgmills

        Central planning by the big banks and big corporations. I am sure that is what Scott meant. (sarcasm)

  • jim

    20 minute video here about NRC industry capture–not exactly confidence inspiring.

    http://cironline.org/reports/danger-zone-aging-nuclear-reactors

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    Chernobyl Coverup And Denial Of 1 Million + Casualties; via A Green Roadhttp://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/chernobyl-coverup-and-denial-of-1.html

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  • Kenji Katsuragi

    В июле, после аварии на Чернобыльской АЭС, я приехал в Вену на поезде от Москвы через Киев. Пограничные на станции, я получил мера количества радиоактивного облучения от чиновников МАГАТЭ. Груши, который я купил в киоске в центре был аннулирован.

  • Kenji Katsuragi

    В июле, после аварии на Чернобыльской АЭС, я приехал в Вену на поезде от Москвы через Киев. Пограничные на станции, я получил мера количества радиоактивного облучения от чиновников МАГАТЭ. Груши, который я купил в киоске в центре был аннулирован.

 

 

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