Patriarch Kirill to open Chornobyl memorial campaign in Kyiv

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April 21, 2011, 2:35 p.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The monument to Chernobyl nuclear plant rescuers in the Kiev Region, Ukraine.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will attend the opening ceremony of memorial events to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Chornobyl Power Plant accident. "He will ring the Chornobyl bell on the night of the catastrophe at 01:23 a.m.," Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, deputy head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations, said at a Moscow - Kyiv video conference.

The ceremony will be held in the church complex located in the Darnytsia District of Kyiv. The Darnytsia district is the one where the memorial Chornobyl campaign starts each year.

According to Father Nikolay, Patriarch will visit Ukraine together with Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Byelorussia and hierarchs in charge of dioceses affected by nuclear pollution.

Archbishop Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations, in his turn, said during his trip on April 25-27, Patriarch would conduct services, including the prayer for the dead at the Chornobyl power plant, visit the monument to Chornobyl heroes and meet with the patients of the National Cancer Hospital many of whom still "suffer the consequences of the Chornobyl catastrophe."

President of the Ukrainian Chornobyl Union Yuriy Andreyev expressed hope that Patriarch's visit would help bringing the Chornobyl exclusion zone "back to normal life" within the decade to come. He said the radiation level at the station 50-60 times exceeded the norm, however, Patriarch's blessing would not take long and his stay there would not "seriously affect his health."
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Anonymous April 21, 2011, 3:17 p.m.    

Kirill is patriarch of Moscow and Russia. Why should he be ringing anything in Ukraine. Ukraine is not Russia.

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Anonymous April 21, 2011, 3:23 p.m.    

WTF? What does Kiril have to do with Chernobyl? Dont' we have our own clergy?

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Mykhayl April 21, 2011, 5:23 p.m.    

Cleaner comment, thank you.

Not child-friendly yet.

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Anonymous April 21, 2011, 10:26 p.m.    

Like every year Ukraine government needs to spend between six to eight percent of the fiscal budget to cope with the consequences of Chernobyl.

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Anonymous April 22, 2011, 1:24 a.m.    

I try to imagine how life would be if the accident had never happened, although – as we know now – the plant’s design was so defective that the accident was destined to happen sooner or later, according to my father’s good friend, Alexey Breus, who was an operator on the fourth block of the plant and my father’s good friend.

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Anonymous April 22, 2011, 3:43 a.m.    

What about Russian blame? The Russians designed and built this death trap! The Russians owe Ukraine billions in compensation to its victims and to the construction of the sarcophagus.

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Anonymous April 25, 2011, 8:26 a.m.    

Excellent reminiscence:

Financial Times

Chernobyl’s guide to tyranny

By Tony Barber

Published: April 19 2011 22:20

While we caroused the night away, extraordinary events were unfolding 130km to the north. Technicians were conducting experiments that involved the disabling of automatic shutdown mechanisms at the plant’s fourth reactor. After a tremendous power surge, the reactor blew up at 1.23am on Saturday, April 26.

Except for high-ranking Communist party officials, the KGB and a number of scientists, doctors and fire-fighters, no one in the Soviet Union, let alone the wider world, knew anything about this. Soviet habits of secrecy and deception kept millions of people in the dark even as radiation spread across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and beyond.

In blissful ignorance, Rhona and I spent Saturday and Sunday touring Kiev in the warm spring sunshine. By Soviet standards it was a pleasantly green and airy city, full of parks and rolling hills – now invisibly coated with radiation. On Sunday evening we had a few drinks in the dollars-only bar of a hotel. Outside, we made our way to a tram stop, where we sat on a bench waiting for a ride to Kiev university.

On Monday, April 28, I returned to Moscow. No sooner had I walked into the Reuters office, a short distance from the Kremlin, than a colleague asked if I had noticed “anything funny going on” in Kiev. No, I hadn’t. The streets were calm, the airport was normal. “Ah,” my colleague replied. “It’s just that the Swedish embassy called us and asked if we knew anything about a nuclear disaster in Ukraine.”

Within hours the truth came out. Authorities in Finland and Sweden reported the drift of radioactive clouds towards Scandinavia. Anxiety swept the world. But still the Soviet government maintained its silence – until, almost 68 hours after the accident, the official news agency Tass published a short, opaque article indicating that there had been an accident at Chernobyl.

Dwelling in time-honoured fashion on propaganda rather than facts, Tass then issued a second article alleging the US had experienced 2,300 nuclear accidents and breakdowns in 1979 alone. Hypocrisy and duplicity were as Soviet as stale bread.

My personal drama reached its crescendo when a US embassy official in Moscow tested me for radioactive poisoning. My body’s background levels were normal. But when the Geiger counter moved over the pair of jeans I’d worn at the tram stop bench in Kiev, it emitted a beep-beep-beep of shrill squeaks.

“Okay, Mr Barber,” said the US diplomat, “We’re gonna burn those jeans for you.”

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Anonymous April 26, 2011, 10:37 p.m.    

While Ukrainian children and population were walking and parading around Kyiv, Soviet aircraft was scrabbling to &quot;seed&quot; clouds to protect Moscow from the radioactive cloud that was spreading through out Europe. All the while they lied to everyone about the extent of the danger. This is another instance of how much the Russians care about Kyiv. I read about this a number of years ago when Putin handed out medals (many years after the accident) to the brave pilots that were ordered to protect Moscow.

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Anonymous April 21, 2011, 4:27 p.m.    

Kirili or the church have nothing to do with these matters,,,,they should butt out.

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Mykhayl April 21, 2011, 5:18 p.m.    

God is greater than nuclear power.

Moscow thinks they are greater than Kyiv.

Only the Ukrainian people can show which with their feet and donations.

Were there no Catholics, Jews or Muslims at Chornobyl?

How does Kirill spell it Chornobyl or Chernobyl?

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Anonymous April 21, 2011, 6:23 p.m.    

I see this as a golden opportunity, let's make Kiril a permanent fixture at the power plant, he can be the &quot;plant chaplin&quot;...

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Anonymous April 22, 2011, 1:28 a.m.    

This phoney Christian should just stay home in his Russian country and stop trying to rob Ukrainian Christians of their Christian churches and properties. Doesn't he know the 10 commandments, one of which is &quot;Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods&quot;?

He needs to REPENT of his Russian chauvinism before offering prayers in Ukraine.

This guy is no more than a tool of the Russian state!

Het z ykrainy moskaliu!!!

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Anonymous April 22, 2011, 4:34 a.m.    

be blassed Patriarch of russia and ukraine


be blessed the ukraine

be blessed the orthodox people of the ukraine

be blessed the orthodox shrines in the ukraine


be blessed all and every ORTHODOX SLAV patriot...

as for those


vatican, poland, cia, america

there is one message

we know you are ready to assist


we also know you are ready to undermine

not openly

but perfidiously


so that you appear

liberal-democratic-human right creatures

in the guiese of UNIATE troglodytes

but to no avial

the ORTHODOXY, SLAV ORTHODOXY in the ukraine




the pope one and only



for ever

in the elite battalion of hitler youths

you know, i was conscripted...

and my time, when i served, the shit happened

i was lucky i did not die


my reawakening is complete now

are i not the POPE?


i know i am german


i am the pope...infallable


i love the ukraine

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