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To the President of the Russian Federation Dmitry A. Medvedev,
German Chancellor Angela Merkel,
US President Baraсk Obama,
Secretary General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano


We, the representatives of the public organizations, appeal to you to support our protest against the 1000 spent nuclear rods to be transferred to Russia from the Centre of Nuclear Research in Rossendorf (Germany).

We consider this threat to the security of people and nature the Baltic region as well as all areas along the transportation route of these dangerous goods, and in particular, for residents and nature of the ultimate destination - the Chelyabinsk region, which is already the most radiation contaminated region of the world.

At the nuclear spent fuel reprocessing facility “PO Mayak”, Chelyabinsk Region, during the past 65 years, several severe nuclear accidents took place, which led to the contamination of tens of thousands square kilometres of Russian land. The waste that is currently being reprocessed continues to dump into the lakes Karachay, Old Marsh, Tatysh, and reservoirs of the Techa cascade and further to the river Ob and the Arctic Ocean.

The radiation has contaminated the food chain, as well as poisoned the local population. People living on the polluted land, and consuming polluted food and water have developed multiple illnesses and need expensive treatments. This in turn has forced all of those affected to live in poverty with low social status. Nevertheless, with no other choices, Russian citizens continue to live in these polluted areas around the reprocessing facility.

Among the four generations of people who suffered radiation poisoning in Chelyabinsk region, cancer cases have reached 387 casualties per 100,000 people. Children’s cancer rates reached 14.1 per 100,000 people, resulting in a 64 % increased of cancer rates from 2007 to 2008. Among the newborn population the number of abnormalities reached 47.6 per 1000 children born in 2008.

We consider it perilous to transport spent nuclear fuel to Russia. The wastes produced from the storage and reprocessing are often dumped directly into the environment.

We think that the agreement between the governments of Germany, Russia and the US with the support of the IAEA is immoral and it undermines the fundamental international principle of equality of environmental security among the countries.

We call for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, as well as other Governments with strong security regulation systems (environmental and anti-terrorism), to develop policy to prevent the exportation of their dangerous waste to other countries. It passes the responsibility for damage from nuclear waste to the other nations.

We demand that Germany be excluded from the Agreement between Russia and the United States and the IAEA (as a third party) that legalized the transportation of the spent nuclear fuel among countries. This agreement leads to negative socio-economic consequences for the nations where the final storage and reprocessing are located.
We urge you to impose a ban on the transfer of spent nuclear fuel of the Center for Nuclear Research in Rossendorf (Germany), to Russia (at Mayak in Chelyabinsk region).

Signed by:

  1. Natalia Mironova, «Movement for Nuclear Safety», Chelyabinsk
  2. Alexey Yablokov, prof., Nuclear Program SEU, Moscow,
  3. Andrey Talevlin, Fund «For Nature», Chelyabinsk,
  4. Aleksey Babin, «Legal Consciousness», Chelyabinsk,
  5. Oleg Bodrov, «Green World», Sosnovy Bor, Leningrad Oblast,
  6. Alexandr Nikitin, Human rights protection Centre “Bellona”, Sankt Petersburg,
  7. Tatiana Artemova, magazine “Posev”, Association of the Environmental Journalists, Saint-Petersburg
  8. Albert Garapov, Anti-Nuclear Society of Tatarstan, Kazan,
  9. Aleksey Toropov, Sibiria Environmental Agency, Tomsk,
  10. Michael Piskunov, Center for Promotion of the Civic Initiatives, Dmitrovgrad
  11. Yura Ivanov, Kola Environmental Center, Murmansk,
  12. Andrey Pinchuk, Center for Support of Environmental Initiatives, Saratov,
  13. Olga Pitsunova, Partnership for Development, Saratov,
  14. Tamara Dobretsova, For the Life, Kostroma,
  15. Alexey Kokorin, WWF, Moscow,
  16. Ekaterina Tatarinova, WW protection, Moscow,
  17. Olga Senova, Friends of the Baltic, Sankt Petersburg,
  18. Lyudmila Zhirina, Viola, Bryansk,
  19. Olga Podosenova, Ural Ecological Union, Yekaterinburg,
  20. Vitaly Servetnik, Nature and Youth, Murmansk,
  21. Lars Haltbrekken, "Norges Naturvernforbund/Friends of the Earth Norway", Oslo Norway
  22. Jean-Marie Matagne, Action des Citoyens pour le Désarmement Nucléaire (ACDN), France,
  23. Alice Slater, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NY, USA,
  24. Andre Bouny, International Committee for the Support of Victims of Agent Orange (France)
  25. Raymond Shadis, Executive Director, Earth Day Commitment/Friends of the Coast, Post Office Box 98, Edgecomb, Maine 0455,
  26. Takao Takahara, Peace Research Institute PRIME-Yokohama, Japan,
  27. Sergey Shaphaev, Buryat regional union on Baikal, Ulan-Uda,
  28. Galina Morozova, Moscow Ecological Federation, Moscow,
  29. Marina Sergeeva, Krasnodar regional organization of AllRussian Union of Preserving Nature, Krasnodar,
  30. Sergey Muchachev, Tathar chapter of Socio-Ecological union, Kazan,
  31. Arkady Ivanov, Squad Conservation MSU, Moscow,
  32. Vitaly Gorochov, Ph.D., Institute of Environmental Law Problems “Ecojuris”, Moscow,
  33. Dmitry Captsov, Environmental Watch on North Caucasus, the nonprofit organization Green Alternative (STORM-Russia), Sochi, Krasnodar Territory,
  34. Sergey Simak, Ph.D., Member of the Public Chamber of the Samara region, co-chair of the International Socio-Ecological Union, Samara,,
  35. Elena Kruglikova, Co-chairman of the Russian SEU, Moscow,
  36. Andrey Margulev, Co-chairman of the Russian SEU, Moscow,,
  37. Aschat Kaumov, Environmental Center "Dodo", Nizhny Novgorod,
  38. Tamara Belookaya, Ph.D., Belarusian Committee "Children of Chernobyl", Minsk, Belarus,
  39. Tatiana Selivanovskaya, Honored Worker of Culture of Russia, member of the editorial board of green Berehynya, Nizhniy Novgorod,
  40. Nikolay Beluchin, Arkhangelsk Regional Youth Environmental NGO "Etas",
  41. Bazil Yakovenko, Writer, director BelSEU "Chernobyl", Minsk,
  42. N.O. Terekhova, The Committee of Soldiers' Mothers of the Kostroma region, Kostroma
  43. Irina Resnikova, The Action Team "for green energy!" Nerekhta, Kostroma region,
  44. Andrey Rudomakha, Environmental Watch on North Caucasus, Maikop,
  45. Anatoly Lebedev, Bureau regional public awareness campaigns - BROCK, Vladivostok,
  46. Nafiza Mingazova, Prof., Ph.D., Head of Lab. KFU, Kazan,
  47. Nelya Nigamatzyanova, Chairman of the Board MOU "Movement Against Cancer", Chelyabinsk,
  48. Elena Karmanova, member of the Junior Chamber of Chelyabinsk City Duma, Chelyabinsk,
  49. Milya Kabirova, NGO "Techa, Chelyabinsk-Муслюмово,
  50. Fatima Kobjasarova, NGO "Fatih", Chelyabinsk
  51. Andrey Varlamov, Russian Bird Conservation Union, the Saratov regional public organization, Saratov,
  52. Rauf Sabitov, GS "Mountain Club" Zhabagly-Manas, Taraz, Kazakhstan,
  53. Tamara Sabitova, NGO "Center Mirekl, Taraz, Kazakhstan,
  54. Natalya Manzurova, NGO "Planet Hope" Ozersk,
  55. Andrey Zolotkov, Murmansk Regional Public Environmental Organization, "Bellona-Murmansk",
  56. Valery Bulatov, prof., Ph.D., Ugra Department of the Russian Geographical Society,
  57. Gennadiy Mingazov, Moscow Green Cross, MoscowМосква,
  58. Spiridonov, SN, Kostroma Oblast Organization “Orthodox commonwealth”, Kostroma
  59. Leslie Staudinger, Trustee, New England Coalition on Nuclear Pollution
  60. Anatoliy.Mamaev, Civic Cent nuclear non-proliferation, Zheleznogorsk,
  61. Vladimir Desyatov, Reg. Branch Union "For Chemical Safety", Komsomolsk-on-Amur,
  62. Kerstin Rudek, president of the Citizens' Environmental Initiative Lüchow-Dannenberg, Germany,
  63. Kajscha Atachanowa winner of the International Goldman Prize for Ecology (2005) Socio-Ecological Union, Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan
  64. Мeruert Kurmaschewa, Environment Centre, Karaganda, Kazakhstan
  65. Gulsum Kakimschanowa, IRIS, Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan
  66. Svetlana Goroschko, PhD in chemistry, ROEO "nature", Krasnodar,
  67. Rashid Alimow, environmental group Ekoperestroika ", St. Petersburg,
  68. Rimantas Brasjlis, chairman of the Green movement in Lithuania
  69. Vladimir Slivjak, "Ecodefence", Moscow,
  70. Michael Mariotte, Executive Director, Nuclear Information and Resource Service, Takoma Park, MD, USA,
  71. Jean-Yvon Landrac, the board of " Réseau Sortir du Nucléaire", France,
  72. Eia Liljegren-Palmær, Swedish Anti-nuclear Movement,
  73. Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch New Mexico, Santa Fe, NM
  74. Susan Gordon, Alliance for Nuclear Accountability, Washington, DC
  75. Jerry Stein,The Peace Farm, Amarillo, TX
  76. Glenn Carroll, Nuclear Watch South, Atlanta, GA
  77. Molly Johnson, Grandmothers for Peace,San Luis Obispo County Chapter, CA
  78. Marylia Kelley, Tri-Valley CAREs, Livermore, CA,
  79. Jennifer Viereck, HOME (Healing Ourselves and Mother Earth), Tecopa, CA
  80. Beatrice Brailsford, Snake River Alliance, Boise, ID
  81. Willi Hesters, Aktionsbündnis Münsterland gegen Atomanlagen (объединение Мюнстера против атомный объектов)
  82. Matthias Eickhoff, SOFA (Sofortiger Atomausstieg) Münster, СОФА (За немедленный выход из атомной энергии)
  83. Rita Pönicke, 44265 Dortmund, Germany
  84. Dieter Kaufmann, Arbeitskreis gegen Atomanlagen Frankfurt am Main, Germany,
  85. Heffa Schuecking, urgewald, Germany,
  86. Claudia Baitinger, Arbeitskreis Atom des BUND NRW Düsseldorf,
  87. Anna Smolka, Polish Ecological Club Gliwice Chapter Poland,
  88. Ulla Klotzer, Women Against Nuclear Power, Finland,
  89. Lea Launokari, Women for Peace, Finland.
  90. Anna-Liisa Mattsoff, No More nuclear power movement, Finland,
  91. Kerstin Ciesla, NGO, BUND Duisburg (Friends of the Earth, local group Duisburg),
  92. Detlef Feldmann; Dr. med., die Linke Duisburg,
  93. Brigitte Hornstein,, Elbestr. 51, 48145 Münster
  94. Maria Braig, antiatom-Osnabrück, Osnabrück,
  95. Dr. Ralf Henrichs, Geschäftsführer DIE LINKE, Ratsfraktion Münster: Ökologische Plattform NRW bei DIE LINKE, Germany,
  96. Udo Buchholz, Ratsmitglied der Stadt Gronau, Germany
  97. Elke Roskosch-Buntemeyer, Bürgerinitiative für ein Cuxhaven ohne Atomtransporte", Cuxhaven, Germany
  98. Heiner Möllers, Vorsitzender der Bürgerinitiative "Kein Atommüll in Ahaus", Germany
  99. Jens Dütting, Anti-Atom-Bündnis Münster, Germany
  100. Falko Tetzlaff, Sektor A Gescher, Germany
  101. Markus Pflüger, Stop Bure /Anti-Atom-Netz Trier, Deutschland, Germany
  102. Holger Hildebrand, Mannheim, Germany
  103. Henry Tünte, BUND Kreisgruppe Borken (division of the BUND for the administrative district „Kreis Borken“),Germany
  104. Richard Landenberger, BUND Regionalverband Rhein-Neckar-Odenwald, Vorsitzender, Heddesheim“),Germany
  105. Alain Vérignon, Toulon, France

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