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PROTEST AGAINST RUSSIA (FINAL)

Vietnam, 21 May 2012

President Vladimir Putin

23 Ilyinka Street, Moscow, 103132

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

Government House

2 Krasnopresnenskaya, Naberezhnaya,Moscow103274

C/c: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Vikorovich Larvrov

32/34 Smolenskaya-Sennaya pl., 119200, MoscowG-200. (dip@mid.ru)

: Russian Ambassador to Vietnam, Andrey Kovtun

191 La Thanh Street, HanoiVietnam.   (rusemb.vietnam@gmail.com)

A REQUEST TO THE RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TO CANCEL THE NUCLEAR POWER PLANT PROGRAM IN VIETNAM.

Dear President,

         Prime Minister,

         Minister of Foreign Affairs,

         Ambassador toVietnam,

We, the concerned Vietnamese people residing in Vietnam and around the world, wish to protest against Russia’s decision to provide 160 billion RUB (5 billion US dollars) in loan money to the Vietnamese government to construct a nuclear power plant in Vietnam.

We strongly urge you and your government to immediately reverse this decision which we consider dangerous, short-sighted and lacking in morality.

Vietnamis a country with third world technology know-how, with inadequate and primitive safety standards. Its people lack knowledge of the deadly risks of nuclear contaminations caused by mishaps in nuclear reactors.Vietnamis amongst the world’s worst-prepared countries to manage a nuclear power plant and or consequent accidents.

A nuclear power plant inVietnamwould inevitably lead to a nuclear catastrophe. The citizens ofVietnamare potentially facing a frightening future, millions of human lives and generations at risk, with unimaginable long-term consequences.

Russia, despite its experiences in nuclear technology, especially in operating nuclear power plants, has had numerous accidents occur in the past. The following are just a few ofRussia’s nuclear power plant accidents of which the public have knowledge:

 28 April 1986: Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Ukraine. The complete meltdown explosion was the worst nuclear accident in history. Radiation caused cancer deaths have reached the hundreds of thousands. The Chernobyl disaster has lead to millions of people being exposed to radioactive contamination with nearly a million premature cancer deaths between 1986 and 2004. The battle to contain the contamination and avert a greater catastrophe involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion RUB (about 600 million USD). The human cost is tragic and will last for generations. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster

24 March 1992:  A nuclear accident happened at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in Sosnovy Bor nearSt. Petersburg,Russia. Radioactive iodine escaped into the atmosphere. This nuclear power plant has had numerous nuclear accidents since 1975 – even as recently as August 2009.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leningrad_Nuclear_Power_Plant

05 November 2004: A nuclear accident occurred at Balakovskaya Nuclear Power Plant inSaratov, centralRussia. The accident contaminated areas as far away as Samara andSaransk, 300km from the accident site. Businesses were ordered to close and people were ordered to stay inside behind closed doors.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1105-20.htm

22 July 2010: At the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant in Kurchatov, one nuclear reactor had a near catastrophic accidental meltdown .The Russian authorities withheld information of the accident and it was only revealed by the employees of the plant. http://www.bellona.org/articles/articles_2010/kurskNPP_safety 24

Even thoughRussiahas extensive experience in building nuclear power plants and implementing nuclear power programs,Russia’s nuclear power plants have been involved in the majority of nuclear power plant accidents worldwide.

The Japanese have temporarily stopped operation in all of Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants as a result of the catastrophic partial meltdown following the nuclear explosion of four reactors in the Fukushima nuclear power complex following a severe earthquake and tsunami in the Fukushima region on 11 March 2011.  Deadly radioactive materials were released into the atmosphere contaminating both air and water, affecting millions of Japanese within a radius of 100 km.

Other developed countries such asGermanyandSwitzerlandhave swiftly adopted policies phasing out nuclear power plants. TheUnited Stateshas not constructed any new nuclear power plants since 1979 after the partial meltdown nuclear and explosion at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant. Many countries are now shifting away from nuclear power and committing to developing other sources of energy to meet their domestic needs.

Please allow us, the concerned Vietnamese people residing inVietnamand around the world, to reiterate thatVietnamis amongst the world’s worst-prepared countries to manage a nuclear power plant. A nuclear power plant inVietnamwould inevitably lead to a nuclear catastrophe becauseVietnamis a country with third world technology know-how, inadequate and primitive safety standards. Its people lack knowledge of the deadly risks of nuclear contaminations caused by accidents in nuclear reactors. The citizens ofVietnamare facing a potentially frightening future with millions of human lives and generations at risk and with unimaginable long-term consequences.

We appeal to the Russian Government to act responsibly in the interest of humanity and above and beyond any economic interests, by immediately ending its intention to export its nuclear power program toVietnam.

We sincerely hope that you will come to a decision that protectsVietnam, the land and its people’s future wellbeing – thereby further protecting and consolidating the special relationship that exists between our two peoples.

We are anxiously awaiting your reply.

Sincerely yours,

On behalf of the concerned Vietnamese:

Prof Nguyen The Hung, Dr Nguyen Xuan Dien, Nguyen Hung              :

Contact email: hungthuoc@yahoo.com

List of 472 signatories collected from 14 May 2012 is attached

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