Was Minsk affected by Chernobyl

Why it rained over Belarus after Chernobyl

A Russian major confirms suspicions that the radioactive clouds were inoculated by Russian aircraft after the Chernobyl disaster to protect Moscow

On April 26, 1986, at 1:23 a.m., Unit IV of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded. A radioactive cloud is created that has contaminated areas within a radius of thousands of kilometers. The radiation varied widely and depended on where the radioactive clouds rained off their dangerous cargo. Europe was contaminated from the north, from Finland, Norway and Sweden via Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany to Greece or Italy in the south and to France in the west. Large areas of Belarus were particularly hard hit.

How many people died or fell ill directly or indirectly from the leaked radionuclides is still controversial. While the Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a report drawn up with the WHO at the end of 2005 assumed around 4,000 deaths as a direct result, the WHO speaks of a possible further 5,000 cancer deaths in the region, but also pointed out the difficulties in recording the numbers, the authors suspected one of However, a report commissioned by Greenpeace and published on the 20th anniversary that around 270,000 people were diagnosed with cancer and more than 90,000 have died from it or will die from it. Another 200,000 people may have died or are still dying from other related diseases. Greenpeace also pointed out the difficulties that there is no generally accepted methodology for recording the consequences of such a nuclear disaster (20 years after the GAU).

The fact that the consequences were played down in Russia is just as well known as the attempts by many politicians in Germany to initially downplay or deny the incident (France's cloud-tight borders). The assessments, which are still widely divergent, show, however, that the worst-case scenario is assessed according to political or economic interests. Opponents of nuclear power see the nuclear industry and its political lobby behind the low numbers from the IAEA and WHO.

The Russian major Alexei Gruschin has now confirmed an interesting and frightening detail on the course of the disaster to the BBC. As he says in the BBC2 documentary, which deals with weather manipulation, he and other Russian pilots tried to rain down the radioactive clouds after the explosion before they reached Moscow and other major Russian cities.

According to his information, which has not yet been substantiated, the military aircraft shot down grenades filled with silver iodide. Clouds "inoculated" with the salt form ice crystals more quickly, which increases the formation of rain. After Gruschin, the wind had turned from west to east, so that the radioactive cloud now threatened the densely populated Russian areas: "If it had rained over these cities, millions of people would have fallen victim to the disaster. The area in which I was and my team actively influenced the will, was near Chernobyl, but not only within a 30 km radius, but up to a distance of 50, 70 and even 100 km. "

If Gruschin's statement is correct, the Russians would have contaminated thousands of square kilometers in Belarus by inoculating the cloud and thus sacrificed the people there for their protection. Of all the states, Belarus was hit hardest by the radioactive contamination. 70 percent of the radioactivity emitted by Chernobyl is said to have fallen over Belarus, a fifth of the country's area was contaminated. Two million people live in contaminated areas. Cancer and mortality have also increased in Belarus after Chernobyl.

Moscow has always denied having inoculated the clouds, but, as the Telegraph reports, Grushin was honored in 2006 on the 20th anniversary for his bravery during the disaster. Another pilot, who did not want to be named, confirmed to the BBC that clouds had been vaccinated two days after the explosion. In 2004, the British nuclear physicist Alan Flowers was expelled from Belarus. He had also alleged that the Russians were very likely to have vaccinated clouds and that the population had not been warned about the rain. (Florian Rötzer)

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