Today, the whole world remembers the tragedy that happened at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant 32 years ago. Responders to the accident, relatives of the victims, employees of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and other ministries and agencies, as well as representatives of NGOs have gathered today at the Mitinskoye Cemetery in Moscow near the Memorial to the killed in the Chernobyl tragedy.
The participants of the event laid flowers and wreaths to the monument and held a moment of silence to pay tributes to the fallen heroes who protected the world from nuclear danger.
The event was opened by president of the All-Russian Union of NGOs Union Chernobyl of Russia Vyacheslav Grishin, who noted that our country would always remember about firefighters who had come first to help and fought fatal radiation.
“It has been 25 years since the moment when the moment to those heroes was opened in Moscow. We will always remember those who fulfilled their duty to the end,” he said.
Deputy Minister for Emergency Situations Sergei Kadadov attended the event and said that 32 years later, the Emergency Ministry continues being in charge of different matters regarding medical servicing of people exposed to radiation and thanked veterans for courage and considerable contribution into quick response to the massive disaster.
“Firefighters and civil defense troops were the first to face the invisible enemy – radiation,” he said. “We realize that if not for the selflessness and feat of the responders, the consequences could have been more massive and tragic.”
At the end of the event guards of honor of the Emergency Ministry’s Civil Defense Academy payed their respects to the responders of the Chernobyl accident and marched before the present at the gathering.
More than 1.7 million people exposed to radiation after the Chernobyl accident live in Russia now. Some 125 thousand of them are those who took part in relief operations in 1986-1990. More than 1.5 million people live today at contaminated areas in 14 regions of Russia.
The Chernobyl accident - the largest man-caused accident of the 20th century in terms of damages and an impact – happened on 26 April 1986.