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Excerpt: "Four days after conducting a press conference to warn that 180 tons of dangerous chemical and radioactive industrial waste had arrived at the city of Kryvyi Rih (in the Dnipropetrovsk area of Ukraine), which was likely to be 'recycled' into the consumer product stream, 57 year old Volodymyr Goncharenko was brutally beaten to death."

Chairman of the Social Movement of Ukraine 'For the Right of Citizens to Environmental Safety,' was beaten to death on August 1. (photo: most-dnepr.info)
Chairman of the Social Movement of Ukraine 'For the Right of Citizens to Environmental Safety,' was beaten to death on August 1. (photo: most-dnepr.info)



Ukrainian Environmentalist Brutally Beaten to Death

By Beyond Nuclear Staff

20 August 12

JOLT (Environmental Justice Organizations, Liabilities and Trade) reports the horrific news that, four days after conducting a press conference to warn that 180 tons of dangerous chemical and radioactive industrial waste had arrived at the city of Kryvyi Rih (in the Dnipropetrovsk area of Ukraine), which was likely to be "recycled" into the consumer product stream, 57 year old Volodymyr Goncharenko (photo, left) was brutally beaten to death. He was the Chairman of Social Movement of Ukraine: For the Rights of Citizens to Environmental Security.

As reported by EJOLT, "According to Goncharenko, during the past several years, scavengers have removed from the Chernobyl exclusion zone 6 million metric tons of scrap metal that was subsequently smelted at metallurgical combines and reprocessed into new metal. While in theory each metallurgical combine should be equipped with radiation-monitoring equipment to check all incoming scrap, financial shortfalls have meant this was rarely the case. In 2007 Ukraine ranked eighth in global steel production and steel is Ukraine's leading export. One can only guess how much radioactive scrap metal has ended up in exported steel."

Pavlo Khazan of the Ukrainian Green Party stated: "We collaborated with Volodymyr for 15 years in professional and public areas. The Ukrainian Green Party has no doubt that the murder was linked to his professional activities." Although the Ukrainian police have opened an investigation into Goncharenko's murder, Khazan feels that to deliver justice in this case, international attention and pressure will be needed.

Please contact the Embassy of Ukraine, urging a thorough investigation of Goncharenko's murder, as well as for an end to the "recycling" of radioactive metals and other materials into the consumer product stream. In the U.S., the Embassy of Ukraine can be written at 3350 M Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007, faxed at (202) 333-0817, or phoned at (202) 349-2920. Embassies and Consulates of Ukraine elsewhere in the U.S., or in other countries, can also be contacted.

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-29 # Adoregon 2012-08-20 10:25
This could provoke a Pussy Riot.
 
 
+34 # genierae 2012-08-20 12:14
A man beaten to death for telling the truth does not deserve to be joked about. Neither does the women who are in prison for doing the right thing.
 
 
+11 # Glen 2012-08-20 14:57
genierae, I told Adoregon his comment was stupid, whether sarcastic or real, but it did not get posted. Brutality does not call for flip comments.

Death is death and by george if any see it first hand they would not be so blithe in their comments.
 
 
+2 # genierae 2012-08-20 19:37
Amen!
 
 
+14 # mdhome 2012-08-20 12:28
A sad state of affairs when someone trying to warn the public is murdered. I hope, but have little expectations that the party killing him are caught and punished.
 
 
+3 # angelfish 2012-08-20 16:53
In this Country, they don't kill you, they just lock you up with no hope of Trial.
 
 
+7 # Papá Kokopelli 2012-08-20 17:43
If the alegation of radioactive scrap being recycled into steel is true, it would be an extremely dangerous situation.

Ukrainian steel is exported all over the world, and steel, of course, is around for a long time.
 
 
+1 # brux 2012-08-20 21:37
You know I'm beiginning to think American's are they way they are and vote the way they do because they realize the same thing will happen here if people get out of line more than just as comic relief.

We have seen it around the edges of Occupy movement, police brutality, and if and when we see minorities demonstrating like this there is more violence still.

I think we all know that this country is the kind of totalitarianism , and so we really do not want to test anything, we just play goof along.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2012-08-20 23:47
Wonder from what culture the Eastern Europe learned to MAXIMIZE profit at any cost - even murder!
This is the case WHERE international pressure is needed - understand what movement/ideolo gy is beyond this murder.
 
 
0 # shraeve 2012-08-23 14:12
"Wonder from what culture the Eastern Europe learned to MAXIMIZE profit at any cost - even murder!"

They learned it from the Communist Party.
 
 
+1 # cordleycoit 2012-08-21 18:34
We here in the United States have a history of thugism to messengers, reporters and involved citizens. This is a fact of life in Corporate America. Where is Obama busy covering for Eric Holder.Obama is busy trying to arrest whistle blowers world wide.To set an exaple one must live the word.
 
 
0 # shraeve 2012-08-23 14:14
So why don't we use a radiation meter to test every batch of steel imported from the Ukraine?
 
 
0 # AuntieTom 2012-08-24 14:29
http://europeangreens.eu/news/death-vladimir-goncharenko

Write to them and urge them to 1) investigate the murder and 2) stop exporting radioactive materials:

Embassy of Ukraine
3350 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20007

Sirs:

Permit me to offer my condolences for the death of your patriot, Volodymyr Goncharenko, which was apparently due to a brutal attack upon his person because of his attempt to warn that dangerous radioactive industrial waste was likely to be “recycled” into the consumer product stream. He was acting in his capacity of Chairman of Social Movement of Ukraine: For the Rights of Citizens to Environmental Security. He reported that scavengers have removed from the Chernobyl exclusion zone 6 million metric tons of scrap metal that has been reprocessed into new metal. ...
 
 
0 # Obwon 2012-10-11 15:48
Will this steel go into low cost housing? Probably not, only luxury housing is selling. This radioactive steel will probably go into products only the well to do can afford. Haven't the well-to-do suffered enough from the effluents of new products? New adhesives used to build and make furniture and carpeting? New food additives and GM foods as well as farm raised shrimp, lobster and fish?

Seems the well-to-do need to get a clue and join with the masses, after all, they use more products than the masses do. Yet they never seem to get a clue that they are most at risk.

If these things are not carefully controlled for all, they'll be carefully controlled for none!
 

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