||Maryia Sharapava to Donate $210,000 for Chernobyl Victims
Tennis star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Maryia Sharapava will donate $210,000 in an initiative offering scholarships to youth from regions of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
||Regime Declares The Chornobyl Impact to be Over
Approaching the 22nd anniversary of the nuclear accident at the Chernobyl plant in northern Ukraine, which will be commemorated in Belarus by the opposition with a march through Minsk on Sunday, two Belarusian scientists have firmly reiterated the official government position that irradiated territories no longer pose a problem for inhabitants; on the contrary, the key task is now to overcome "radiophobia" among the local population, which is hindering the full re-cultivation of land.
||Political Confrontation Detracts From Acute Chernobyl Problems in Belarus
Belarus prepares for grim Chernobyl anniversary
As the 20th anniversary of Chernobyl approaches in Belarus, and the opposition forces plan a final protest march on April 26 in the aftermath of the presidential elections, there is no sign that the country has come close to overcoming the profound health, social, and environmental problems caused by the 1986 nuclear accident.
||Activists, Experts Dispute UN Report on Chornobyl
Environmental activists and researchers in some of the countries most affected by the Chornobyl disaster have rejected a new United Nations report that says the consequences of the 1986 explosion in the Ukrainian nuclear plant were not as dire as predicted.
||Commemorating the Chornobyl Disaster
People in Ukraine, Belarus, and other countries on 26 April commemorate the 19th anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. In the early hours of 26 April 1986, a massive chemical explosion blew the 1,000-ton cover off the top of Chornobyl's Unit Four reactor, spewing radiation over Ukraine, Belarus, and northern Europe. Millions of people were affected by the disaster north of Kyiv.
||Bandazheuski Case Highlights Chernobyl Controversies
The protracted case of detained scientist Yury Bandazheuski continues to solicit international attention and serves as a reminder of how sensitive the Chernobyl issue remains for the Lukashenka regime.
||Documentary on Chernobyl Wins Oscar
Maryann DeLeo is an independent American film director, whose documentary "Chernobyl Hearts" recently won an Academy Award for best short documentary film. The film focuses on the plight of children in Ukraine, Belarus, and parts of western Russia who were exposed to radiation from the 1986 nuclear accident at Chornobyl in Ukraine. RFE/RL recently spoke to DeLeo by telephone.