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Finnish-Russian nuclear site broken into by protestors

protest-nuclearflag-FinlandApr 26, 2016 Protesters break into Finnish-Russian nuclear site,  Reuters, Anti-nuclear protesters broke in to a construction site on Tuesday for a nuclear reactor to be supplied by Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom, choosing the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster for their demonstration…….

“We want to remind people that the Chernobyl plant was built by Rosatom’s predecessor. I wouldn’t do business with anyone with that kind of history,” Venla Simonen from the Stop Fennovoima protest group told Reuters by telephone…….

The Chernobyl disaster increased radiation levels in Finland, putting nuclear Finnish plant projects on ice for a decade.

This latest project has raised concerns and resistance from many Finns as the plant is set to forge deeper energy ties between EU state Finland and its former ruler Russia despite East-West tensions over the Ukraine crisis.

Rosatom has a 34 percent stake in the 7 billion euro ($7.9 billion) project. It will supply the reactor and also handle the project’s financing.

Fennovoima struggled to find local investors to fulfill an ownership condition set by the Finnish government, but utility Fortum last year signed up in a surprise move, prompting questions of political pressure from both countries involved…….http://www.reuters.com/article/us-finland-fennovoima-protests-idUSKCN0XN1TH

April 28, 2016 - Posted by | Finland, opposition to nuclear

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