“Poroshenko on the Prison Bunk”: Chernobyl Veterans Protest Outside the Rada

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard



It got hot outside the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine: Chernobyl veterans, shouting, “Parubiy, come out to the people”, “Gang, go away”, “Poroshenko on the prison bunk!”, “Verkhovna betrayers away!”, broke through a police cordon, which led to mass clashes of protesters with law enforcement.

On the morning of 01.11.16, the victims of the Chernobyl disaster, with the demand to provide them with an adequate legal pension, came near the Verkhovna Rada building to protest.

According to the protesters, Parliament is obliged to return the articles 49, 50, 54 and 67 of the “Chernobyl law” and to adopt bill No. 4442 (on amendments to the law of Ukraine “On the status and social protection of citizens affected by the Chernobyl disaster” regarding pensions).

In fact, many Chernobyl veterans don’t ask for much, only the fulfilment of the laws on  benefits and ensuring decent pensions for them, but, as we know, deputies of the Rada adopt only those decisions that are beneficial directly for them or to President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, but not the people.

Chernobyl veterans shouting, “Parubiy, come out to the people”, “Gang, go away”, “Poroshenko on the prison bunk!”, “Verkhovna betrayers away!”, broke through the police cordon.


Today, the action of Chernobyl veterans outside the Rada made it clear that people were tired of waiting, it’s not the first time they came near the Rada and voiced their demands.

“Let’s use radical actions, how long will we continue to come? It’s time to storm them! We’ve been coming here for two years without results. Or we will just read poems and leave. Let’s show that we are alive and healthy,” said the activist.

And the protesters decided to act. Despite the fact that the police blocked all entrances and exits to administrative buildings, they broke through the cordon. The police tried to push back protesters, and as a result that there was a small scuffle.

According to eyewitnesses, several elderly accident liquidators couldn’t stay on their feet when the police were pushing them on the stairs.

As we noted earlier, this is not the first time that Chernobyl veterans have staged a protest. In the summer they even held a rally in front of the Presidential Administration in Kiev, demanding the resolution of social issues. However, no one heard them. So people had nothing left to do but storm the Parliament building, in order to break through to the deputies at the conference and again personally express their demands from the podium, but the “brave police” in this case worked, using force to push aside protesters, among whom were mostly elderly and retired.

As a reminder, earlier leader of the radicals Oleg Lyashko said that the current government will soon suffer the fate of the French Queen Marie-Antoinette, who advised her citizens to eat pastry, if there is no bread, and for this she was executed. Ukrainians will carry out the deputies of the Rada on forks and will behead them.

In April, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko vetoed the adopted-by-Rada law concerning benefits for victims of the Chernobyl catastrophe.

“Statutory changes will result in additional expenses from the state budget of Ukraine (according to the forecast calculations of the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine, the implementation of the law will require annually an additional expenditure from the state budget of Ukraine to the amount of 1.5 billion hryvnias) and, in the absence of the appropriate definition of sources of budget revenues, budget constraints, and significant downward pressure on the economy of the state, the state budget of Ukraine would become unbalanced.”

The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant — one of the largest technogenic disasters in the history of mankind. On April 26, 1986, an explosion occurred at the fourth unit of the station, resulting in its destruction, followed by the release of radioactive substances. In the first three months after the accident, about 30 people were killed. Nearly 8.4 million people in Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia were exposed to the radiation.


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