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A town built on nuclear power

emits a new power plant on a white Russian bath-house, of which Sergei is able to tell bill, but before that he wants to sweat. Bill has sat on the top wooden s

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A town built on nuclear power

emits a new power plant on a white Russian bath-house, of which Sergei is able to tell bill, but before that he wants to sweat. Bill has sat on the top wooden step, because it is most hot, 80 degrees. Sunday, nine o'clock. Ten naked men sitting on the heads of fedoras. You can relax under the torment of the heat. So Sergei receipt (66) of the two decades of the Belarusian militia. Also in Chernobyl. Note leads from the top of the command, instilled Tun bee resin in a water and pours it with the ladle into the stone corner. It hisses, a note calls out: "take a Deep breath!"

The welding chamber dates back to the 1960s, and is a relic that stands apart from the new nuclear reactors. Sergei ticket is in the white Russian town of Astrawez Chairman of the "club of Banja lovers". The notables of the club may go an hour before the official Opening in the Sauna. Then the workers of the nuclear power plant is only 18 kilometres away on the Start. It is the first nuclear power plant in Belarus, a country that has made nuclear power a very bad experience. In 1986, the Wind blew the clouds away from the Ukrainian Chernobyl, an area which today belongs to Belarus. Now, here in the next few weeks or months of the first reactor was put into operation.

note, in the Sauna only water and tea. He says, "if you sweat, it would smell too much alcohol". The alcohol there is, therefore, only eleven. Beer, red wine in Tetra-Pak, Cognac brand Brest-Litovsk. And of course, vodka. So the lunch table in Banja cottage filled with homemade pastry, eggs, herb salad, dried fish. The certificate must fight for all this. For the Sunday Ritual. For the old Banja in the new times. Because the nuclear power plant changed everything.

There is no project in Belarus, which has such a meaning as the construction of the power plant of Astrawez. Two Reactors, 2400 Megawatts. It is the Pride of President Alexander Lukashenko, a nuclear power plant sits down to his people with Russian help as a monument to his country is supplied with its own power. For Astrawez the blessing and Ensure a means at the same time.

thousands of new citizens

Until a few years ago Astrawez was what you would call a larger town, with 8000 inhabitants, not even a traffic light there was. Until it received six years ago, the city rights and also the first traffic light. Since then, Astrawez turns into a white Russian Utopia. With Thousands of new citizens who work at the nuclear power plant, six in the morning with the white buses brought there, and in the evening to seven, with many roads, more traffic lights, kindergartens, schools, new residential quarters for almost 25000 people.

There are new Restaurants, super markets, Bars, a "physical-cultural health complex," a Name, in which you can feel Soviet Retro longings. Maybe it is also called so, because it has always done so. Of course, a modern Banja is in the "health complex". The old one should be closed. Buried by the new nuclear city. For Sergei appears to be a disaster.

His Club in the Banja lovers fought back. He says, "it smells like 50 years of Banja-history, we remember". He wrote letters to the regional leadership, and at some point, President Lukashenko even had a View of the leaves with a spring to all the village of Banya slash the subsidies.

A white Russian Internet newspaper has referred to Astrawez as the "city of the future". Unreal the sounds of the burden of the past. It knows Russia is not to blame. But it is still present: Ghost towns, cancer, thyroid disease. Children who come for recreation in the summer, to Germany. Berries, mushrooms, their consumption is not advisable. In the Club of Banja lovers you look at it in a pragmatic way. "For the shops, the trade will be Yes checked all the food," says bill. "And in the vicinity of the accident site, there are measuring stations, where you can pick berries and mushrooms. You get used to."

In Astrawez there was, until recently, not even a traffic light. Now the village of white Russia
supposed to be Utopia.

bill white, what is the meaning of the 1986 disaster. Two years later, he was assigned for two months to get there, the Ukraine, white Russia, these limits there was at the time, Yes. It was all Soviet Union. And what he had to do as commander of the militia, pushed him also with tears in the eyes. Bill secured the exclusion zone. He remembers how a family stood in front of him, even the cows you had. She wanted to cried to her house, Yes, "you, but I couldn't let you in".

And now? This has to do with anything? The 1986 ruptured the reactor, and the modern, from the Russian Rosatom-built by 2019? Note looks like this: "For Astrawez it is good. It brings prosperity and has a huge potential for the population." No Fear? "We will not fear, there is a Russian proverb: A bullet doesn't hit twice the same target. We believe in the city."

Proud to be a Vice-mayor

Viktor Swillo is the Deputy mayor of Astrawez, and he takes the time a little of the city depart, and to show the rapid metamorphosis of a settlement, which has been 550 years, an insignificant place, in which people mainly from agriculture, have lived. The journey takes you past seven storey residential blocks, schools, kindergartens, a new stadium that will be finished in the autumn, a synthetic turf pitch with flood light. Because there are so many new nuclear workers, there is now also a second football team.

The car passed the road of the energy workers, what also sounds very Soviet era. It passes the send Banja-complex – Swillo says, "our Pride", we see branches of a supermarket chain, a hospital that will be finished in the autumn, and a condition of the international atomic energy authority, two new schools and a further, the; banks, cafes, the Sun Hotel. You can see many lights, many cranes, and a house of culture is scheduled to open in the next year also. Also, the city will get a fancy new building. It was clear that people would have Fears and Worries, says Swillo. "But the safety of a nuclear power plant is not a question of faith, but of knowledge," says Swillo. Today, the Situation is not like Chernobyl is not possible.

the Worries and Fears it is determined in Astrawez, where it existed in the world, if a nuclear power plant would create? However, it is hard to find in the city, someone who would Express such Concerns. White Russians are not used to it, to say what they think. A man who goes with his wife and children to walk, speaks of the "good things and bad things" in Astrawez. Bad is that the newcomers to the NUCLEAR power plant employees can choose the kindergarten places, and the Locals "get the places that remain". Another man, considerably older, with a thick fur hat and a carpet under his Arm, came many years ago from Chernobyl to Astrawez, because the state has offered him here, to the relocation of an apartment. He doesn't want to talk about today and of all time. Only so much: The fate you cannot escape. And the most Important are time, electricity, and light.

a pioneer of the resistance

The nuclear power plant, the happiness creates wealth and with a huge swing has a whole new city – Nikolai Ulasewitsch a different opinion. He also has a different look. Because the cooling towers he can see his house from almost. Ulasewitsch lives outside of Astrawez, and to get there, you drive past rolling hills, where a military air defense units of the nuclear power plant save.

Ulasewitsch (67) sits at the kitchen table, a bowl full of Apples from the garden. It is cold in the kitchen, maybe he wants to or he has to save Heating costs, because the long struggle against the nuclear power plant has cost him already three times. Ulasewitsch was against it from the beginning. For eleven years, since planning began. "It is a criminal project, it is absurd," complains he. "Chernobyl and Fukushima have shown that everything is safe."

Ulasewitsch is one of the pioneers of the resistance, and as a member of an opposition party, he is not speaking on President Lukashenko and the Belarusian state is fundamentally good. The opposite is also. His former position as school Director, he has lost a long time ago, now he is retired and has the feeling that he no longer has anyway a lot to lose.

Of the urbanization in Astrawez, however, could also benefit Ulasewitsch. Not from the super markets and Restaurants. Tomatoes, potatoes, cucumbers – grows everything in his garden. "I need to buy a little," he says. "But the new hospital, with modern ultrasound and MRI, which I welcome, of course, in any case."

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 19.03.2019, 20:57 PM

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