Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events

Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events

On 26 April, events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy were held in every Minsk’s neighborhood. As many as four thousand Minsk residents took part in them. Officials, Chernobyl liquidators, the military, and pupils participated as well.

Floral tributes were placed to the memorable signs Victims of Chernobyl and Stone of Peace of Hiroshima in the Park of Friendship of Peoples.

Four thousand Minsk residents came there to pay tribute to those who had helped to minimize the consequences of the nuclear power plant accident at the expense of their lives.

Nina Chernyakevich knows about the unequal struggle with radiation firsthand. A terrible tragedy overtook her family: it took her husband’s life, who was a liquidator at the plant, first, and later her son.

Metropolitan Pavel of Minsk and Zaslavl, Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus served a liturgy for the victims who had died during the tragedy at the nuclear power plant. Dozens of Minsk residents came there to pray for their relatives and close ones.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled on 26 April as a tribute to the victims of the disaster. It was installed in the Church of All Saints in Minsk.

More than 800,000 people were sent to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to tame the devastating consequences, and almost all of them were subjected to harmful effects of radiation.

For the courage and heroism shown during the tragedy, the Minsk City Executive Committee awarded liquidators of the catastrophe with honor certificates.

This year, Belarus is planning to spend 233 billion rubles on payment of benefits to victims of the Chernobyl accident.

This sum of money includes social support, medical care, and rehabilitation. Belarus is a world-class expert in the field of overcoming consequences of such accidents.

Children also think about how to save the world around us. Pupils of the Minsk Gymnasium-College of Arts presented their achievements. More than a hundred children participated in the project. The National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha got interested in the collective creativity of these young artists, and it is ready to exhibit these talented children’s collection of works. Some of the pupils know about the tragedy at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant more from their relatives, rather than from textbooks.

Memorial days are of great importance in Belarus, because its inhabitants are still suffering from the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Today, 30 years later, the effects of the most dangerous radionuclide cesium-137 felt by half. As many as 200 different isotopes were released into the air. And while this dangerous substance does not act long, the memory of the heroic deeds of Belarusians should be preserved for ages.