Overview InoSMI: the Lessons of Chernobyl are not learned

Обзор ИноСМИ: Уроки Чернобыля не выучены

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Chernobyl used for policy – Bloomberg View

The presidents of Ukraine and Belarus, the two countries most affected by nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, used the 30th anniversary of the explosion of a nuclear reactor to make political statements.

It seems that none of them – and Russian President Vladimir Putin has also not made the right conclusions from this tragedy, which might have accelerated the collapse of the Soviet Union.

President Petro Poroshenko took the opportunity to speak on his favorite topic: how Ukraine is a victim of Russia, which needed help the rest of the world. The Chernobyl reactor, in the end, was designed in Moscow.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus since 1994, also complained about the lack of funding, calling Belarusians “held hostage disaster that was not their fault”.

Putin refrained from blaming and complaints about the lack of money. He noted the anniversary of the disaster, signing a message to the survivors in which this incident was called “a serious lesson for all mankind.”

It’s hard to say what lesson he had in mind. Nuclear power can be dangerous, and Chernobyl drew attention to it. But Russia has not learned that lesson: its nuclear power plants continue to operate and the nuclear fuel and technology is among the major items of export.

Perhaps the most important lesson of this disaster was not presented to the world, but only the former Soviet Union. The Soviet leadership headed by Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledged the accident two days later under international pressure.

The slowness of the Soviet authorities in recognition of what has happened, has seriously undermined the confidence of the people to the government. People were allowed to participate in may day festivities nearby, while the wind carried over their heads of a radioactive cloud; and when this became known, people find it difficult to come to terms with this.

Post-Soviet governments have ignored the lesson of Chernobyl

Even now, about the accident of Chernobyl proportions may not be immediately reported in any of these three countries at least, the lighting would begin not at the initiative of their governments.

The interests of ordinary people are still not the main concern of post-Soviet leaders. The first reaction to trouble or danger is hiding information and not open to solve problems.

Scenarios about the collapse of Russia – The Free Beacon

Last week the European Council on foreign relations (ECFR) published a report on possible scenarios of the collapse in Russia.

The report concluded that Russia’s political system “is not able to reform and is faced with challenges such as increasing economic hardship, crumbling infrastructure, and conflicting elite”.

According to the report, there are three possible scenarios of development of events.

The first is “regime change” and the otherwise, when the current Russian political system will collapse under the pressure of sanctions and low oil prices.

The other two scenarios, in which the system can avoid collapse United under the name “exit strategy”.

The second scenario is that oil Prices in the near future, rise or Russia chooses constructive cooperation with the West”

The third scenario – the “exit strategy, which involves the replacement of Putin by another leader and the restoration of government legitimacy in the eyes of Russians and the international community.”

Some analysts were skeptical about “exit strategies”. In their view, the rise in oil prices and the normalization of relations with the West is unlikely. In addition, there are signs that Putin is trying to consolidate his power, as indicated by the creation of the National guard.

In the near future of democratic reform in Russia is unlikely.

What inspired “Game of Thrones” – The Guardian

The source of inspiration of George Martin, who wrote the script of “Game of thrones”, it’s impossible to hide. But he’s not trying, talking about it openly. According to him, history is infinitely fascinating and exciting… Wars and battles, seduction and betrayal… in history, a lot of stuff that is very hard to come up with.”

The main historical event that Martin was turned into a movie, of course, is the War of the roses fifteenth century. According to the sources available to us, in medieval England was not invaded by hordes of ice zombies, its not terrorized by dragons. But the country was torn in half because of the enmity of the houses of Lancaster and York. A civil war that lasted from 1455 in the year 1487, is terribly reminiscent of the battle of Westeros between the houses of Lannister and stark.

Between the characters of “Game of thrones” and their prototypes from real life can hold many Parallels. For example, Robert Baratheon is not a superficial resemblance to king Edward IV — this fearless warrior who deteriorated and died at 40 years of age, rasputnitsa, idling and suffering from gluttony.

Baratheon is in this respect not the only one. The true story of the bloody battles medieval England Martin has provided rich material.

The protagonist of the first series of Ned stark, played by Sean Bean, is very similar to Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York, who claimed the English crown in 1460, claiming that he is the senior heir of Edward III through the maternal line, and accused the Lancastrian usurpation of power.

After the death of the Duke at the battle of Wakefield, his head planted on a spear and put on display. And Richard’s son Edward, Duke of York (he later became Edward IV, he continued his claim to the throne. Isn’t it very similar to Robb stark? But Ned is also reminiscent of William, 1st Baron Hastings, who helped Richard III to ascend the throne, but was eventually executed as a traitor by the people he trusted.

Constantly scheming and conspiracies the Queen Regent Cersei Baratheon — a replica of Margaret of Anjou — a beautiful and ruthless Princess of France. “The French she-wolf” was married to Henry VI in 1450-ies had great power, actually running the country. Her son Edward of Westminster (in the “Game of thrones” is a sadist Joffrey Baratheon) was a cruel man, and, according to legend, “could not speak about anything other than cutting off the heads and warfare”. He was killed at the age of 17.

You can also find similarities with Richard III. Thomas more and Shakespeare have used the curvature of the spine of this king as a metaphor: physical flaws expose his monstrous character and actions. In “Game of thrones” “the half man” Tyrion is a dwarf, and many in Westeros speak of him as well as about Richard III.