Russia’s Radioactive Past Comes Back To Haunt Its Citizens (HBO)

Russia’s Radioactive Past Comes Back To Haunt Its Citizens (HBO)


— Anton Kolomitsyn is what the Russians call a stalker: he roams the hidden nooks of the countryside,
looking for lost relics of war. But earlier this year, while he was exploring old machine gun bunkers, he found something more than he’d expected. — The bunkers are relics of a Stalin-era campaign
to protect Russia’s northwest from invasion. They line the forests around the Finnish border. — So the idea here with this is that… I don’t wanna get any particles to touch my skin, right? That’s why we do this? — In the 1950s, the bunkers were updated
with what was then a modern marvel: luminescent radium paint, which glowed in the dark— and was loaded with radiation. — Today, the bunkers sit
innocuously in people’s backyards. Children play in their concrete frames,
and scavengers break them down for metal parts. After his discovery this February, Anton called Viktor Tereshkin,
an environmental journalist, who published his findings in a local paper. They’re returning to one of their earliest finds, to see if the government has done
anything to secure the site. — Anton and Viktor have all but
made it a personal mission to find the radioactive bunkers
and warn people who live nearby. The government, they say,
seems to pay little attention. — This is no isolated incident. Decades after the Cold War, residue of Russia’s unbridled
experimentation with nuclear materials remains scattered across the country,
still posing a threat to citizens. Nils Bøhmer monitors radioactive waste in Russia
for the environmental nonprofit Bellona: — The problem of radioactivity
in Russia is quite widespread. You find it all over Russia, in local areas. It all started with the nuclear weapon race between the U.S. and Soviet Union,
at the end of the ‘40s. Especially in the Soviet Union,
there was a very huge industry build-up— a lot of the secrecy surrounding
development of nuclear weapons in Russia. Now, the people living in
these contaminated areas, or have been evacuated, have received very little information
about the health consequences. — In the Ural Mountains village of Muslyumovo, residents have been struggling for decades
with the consequences of a radioactive spill. In 1957, the reactor at a nearby nuclear plant exploded, triggering the largest radioactive plume in history. Today, it’s magnitude would be third
only to Chernobyl and Fukushima. You’ve never heard of it because,
until the 1970s, it was a military secret. — How many people in the town do you think
have had some symptoms from radioactivity? — Venera Guysina is a local environmental activist. She and other experts say radioactive waste
continued to be dumped into the village river for decades after the incident. In 2006, Russian officials moved
the entire village to a new site— less than a mile away. — Minifiza Batirshin grew up
in the original Muslyumovo. Her husband, Vakil, moved here 25 years ago. He’s since developed massively swollen lymph nodes. Like much of the situation in Muslyumovo, Vakil’s exact diagnosis remains steeped in mystery. Outside medical experts say it can be hard to
definitively trace any one condition to radiation. — Do you have any doubt that your
symptoms are related to radioactivity? — The uncertainty has left the family in limbo. Vakil says the government
promised him free medical care, if he can get to a major hospital. It’s also offered a little money
if the family wants to move. They say they still can’t afford it. — But do you wish that she and
her family would leave town?

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    Space Catboy

    WHETHER IT BE USA OR RUSSIA OR ANYONE ELSE, DO YOU NEED MORE PROOF THAT PEOPLE IN GOVMENTS ARE ALWAYS CORRUPT ?

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    Landon Thomas

    and Trump supporters are ok with Russia supporting Trump in the election. A shitty country that does this to its people. Not saying America is perfect but Russia is horrible.

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    ROFFLESTOMP

    Quite sad. Strangely we now have a President that is fine with pollution deregulation. That could be our future.

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    Виталий

    Ah, there is again little trick with translation. The resident didn't mean exactly that people don't get radiation desease diagnosis, officially, rather she said that not all sick ppl are diagnosed with radiation desease.

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    Alexander Galloway

    I didn't know Sontarans came from Russia :O But in all seriousness, It is terrible how many secrets are hidden away for war.

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    Cheg Evara

    Continuing with their Russia bashing! Why don't you report on contamination in US, like in St Louis for example? Fuking worst journalism there is…

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    piper.spirit

    They tried to cover up Chernbyl but it was too large. Instead of doing the right thing, telling people, making people safe, saving lives, they tried to distort the truth just to further their own perverse political/ideological ideas.

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    Lucy Leo

    Putin is to busy annexing countries, funding insurgencies and helping genocidal dictators to bother about his own country.

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    Ahmed Kazikian

    There are also decaying (ha-ha) radioactive heat sources (atomic batteries) scattered along the coast of the arctic sea. They were used to power lights in unmanned lighthouses.

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    Apothecary Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Herbalist

    depleted uranium and agent orange will come back to haunt USA in the future

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    Milton Waddams

    I remember playing with leftover bits from the Soviet military as a kid, I wonder what dosage did I get from there.

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    Guy

    You see comerade

    If you are exposed to radiation from an early age like me

    You kill capitalist pigs easier in war!

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    Andee Eyeyou

    Did you… just say..

    Stalker.

    CYKA BLYYYAATTT, IDI NAHUI

    ANUUUUUUUUUU CHEEKI BREEKI I V DANKEE

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    Daniel

    Damn, this dude got fucked pretty bad and government fuckers won't even own this mess and give him good treatment. Ffs

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    Renovatio

    Russia is a environmental catastrophe. The Russian government cares little about the environment and the people.

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    Ga Me

    Holy crap… That man with the swollen lymph nodes…That is straight out of a sci-fi novel.WOW!Apparently radioactivity really does cause bizarre mutations!

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    Michael Gfroerer

    Is this the direction the USA is moving towards with Trump's love of Putin and the destruction of the EPA? It wasn't long ago that the USSR / Russia was dumping barrels of nuclear waste in the sea. Good luck with Trump/Putin/Russia! You'll need it. Unless you do something about it.

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    Joe Massino

    that guy looks like a mutant. i cant stand the faggy hipster sitting there in his plaid shirt asking stupid questions……… yes i think it was the radiation you little turd

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    D.C. Gold

    Such selfish parents…
    6:36 "No we'd rather our daughter stay here in a Radioactive deathtrap because we're bad parents who can't let go"

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    Hakudohshi

    We are experiencing a slow apocalypse. The Earth has been irreversibly poisoned by us, and future generations will curse our names.

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    Subzero

    If they clean it up, its good for the Russian government, it's good for their people- its a project the government should take up.

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    Inyalabudbud Punjabbidaliwad

    Holy crap!!! At first I thought it was a guy wearing a mask as a joke. I have seen a Navy man from the American Bikini Atoll tests whose leg swole up the size of an elephant’s leg. He died from the radiation exposure, but this guy is still walking around…..incredible!

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    ia388

    Instead of taking care of their residents and environment they (Russian government) brag about developing hypersonic icbm systems. I feel sorry for them.

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    Veritas Nunc

    Odd Russians.    They cover their body skin but not their faces and so they get radiation, which may also go though their clothes.

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    William

    "Theres no way that radiation caused that mans illness. He probably just has a cold." Said the Government Spokesperson.

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    Robert Caffrey

    That poor man, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. He seems to be in physical and emotional agony.

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    Mark Stephan

    Putin will pretend it doesn't exist and then he tells Russia how safe it is to live in these radioactive towns and cities. LONG LIVE PUTIN AND COMMUNISM!

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    Search Seven

    That man with the swollen lymph nodes needs to get far away. I’ve never seen anything like that in my entire life. Russia is not trustworthy when it comes to nukes. They’re murdering their own people.

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