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This was in every respect a convenient position to take. First of all, it reassured the public; and secondly, it made it possible to pay the staff of nuclear power stations the same wages as workers at thermal Radioactive exposure of this power stations, and in a number of sort occurred, virtually without cases even less. Nuclear energy was interruption, for almost fifteen cheap and straightforward, so the pay years. could be lower. By the early 1980s the wages at thermal power stations had exceeded those paid to operators at nuclear power stations.

Bilateral negotiations have therefore focused on replacing that energy shortfall, either through the building of fossil-fuel plants or through energy imports financed by Western credits. Further compounding the nuclear power problem in these successor states is that none of them possess significant fuel reprocessing or waste storage facilities on their territory. During the Soviet period, as we have seen, those complexes were located on Russian soil; after the collapse of the Soviet Union other successor states had to conclude not always equitable agreements for their use.

And other western authorities—and listed what it said were similar nuclear plant accidents in other countries, including the United States. Soviet History of Concealing Mishaps Although the official Soviet record shows no previous accidents here, there have been reports of several, of which the most serious was an alleged explosion at a remote plutonium processing plant in the Urals in 1957, reported by former Soviet scientist Zhores Medvedev PERSPECTIVES ON MODERN WORLD HISTORY 39 Chernobyl Due to the Soviet embrace of secrecy, many speculated a large death toll, and the worst to come, for the surrounding countries at Chernobyl.

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