A meeting of protest against importing nuclear waste in Russia was held on Friday at the railway station in Vladivostok, the centre of Russia's Primorye region in the Far East. The demonstration coincided with the 16th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy. The speakers and the participants of the protest called on the country's government to turn down the project of importing nuclear waste from foreign countries to Russia. This project is ecologically dangerous and, besides, the depositories can become a target for terrorists, they said. The participants also doubted that the money earned by processing foreign nuclear waste would help to solve the country's serious ecological problems. Russia should pay more attention to its own issues of nuclear safety, such as the dismantling, utilization and processing of nuclear waste from nuclear submarines of the Navy, they said.
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