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Belarus To Build A Nuclear Plant

Posted by K.E. White on October 12, 2007

 

One of the world’s most repressive regimes wants nuclear energy. How will the world community respond?

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has announced plans to build a nuclear plant:

Map of BelarusThe creation of a domestic nuclear energy source was essential to guarantee “national security”, Interfax news quoted Mr Lukashenko as saying.

Work on the reactor would start in 2008, he said. It is expected to be ready in four to eight years.

Belarus relies heavily on Russian gas for its energy, and rows over payments have prompted threats of supply cuts.

The small eastern European nation—boasting a population just under 10 million—has strong ties with Russia, China and Syria.

The nation has also garnered attention as one of the world’s most repressive regimes. From the Freedom House 2005 Report on Belarus:

The prospects for democratization faded in Belarus with the election of the country’s first president, Alexander Lukashenka, in 1994. Amendments to the Constitution, adopted in a highly controversial referendum in 1996, fully institutionalized the system of unlimited presidential authority. International criticism of Lukashenka’s antidemocratic policies was ignored. The Belarusian economy remains unreformed and extensively bureaucratized. However, the economy recently recorded sound growth owing to the economic upturn in neighboring countries, most of all Russia, and a large-scale economic crisis does not seem imminent. The government preserves social stability through welfare and industrial policies that provide the population with minimally acceptable standards of living and full employment.

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One Response to “Belarus To Build A Nuclear Plant”

  1. […] One of the world’s most repressive regimes European nation—boasting a population just under 10 million—has strong ties with Russia, China and Syria… of all Russia, and a large-scale economic crisis does not seem imminent. The government preserves […]

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