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(en) Russia, Protest camp against dismantling ballistic missiles in Perm Press release 10th of August 2004 Blockade of Perm oblast administration lasted 6 hours

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Date Wed, 11 Aug 2004 05:19:37 +0200 (CEST)

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Blockade of Perm oblast administration, organised by participators of the
protest camp and supported by inhabitants of Perm, was launched around 5 PM.
Around 20 persons blockaded building, chaining themselves to each others. 250
people participated to meeting, scanning "Burn missiles in your own cabinets!",
"When we are united, we are victorious!" and "Let us save future for our children!".
Most of the participators came from distant suburb of Zakamsk, where dismantling
of rockets is planned. GAI traffic police attempted to block buses carrying demonstrators,
but Zakamsk inhabitants in buses threated to blockade only bridge of the city
over river Kama, and police was forced to pass them through. In 11 PM, when most
of the participators of the meeting had left, OMON special forces used brutal
force to arrest blockaders of the administration. 18 persons were taken to police
station of Lenin district.

Participators of the protest demanded halting program of dismantling ballistic
missiles in Perm.

Background of the problem

In accordance with international disarmament treaties, Russia has to build
certain amount of factories to dismantle old missile engines and their
fuel, in practice this is done with American technology and money. Not
that we have anything against disarmament, but this must be done taking
into account health and welfare of local people, which currently seem to
have no any value whatsoever to military-industrial complex. 3 years ago
in Votkinsk, they failed in an attempt, to build missile dismantling plant
8 kilometres from a city with 100 000 inhabitants, this time, according to
plans, a similar extremely dangerous object is planned to be located right
into 100 000 inhabitant suburb of a city with more than one million
inhabitants! Officially, no one admits that project in Perm will replace
Votkinsk project, which is currently freezed. In practice, missiles
planned to be dismantled in Perm are the same which were planned to be
dismantled in Votkinsk. Actually this is already 3rd round of the fight,
Votkinsk factory was originally planned to be located to Perm, but in late
nineties these plans had to be cancelled due to local protests!

FGUP Perm Factory Mashinostroitel has been given a license to be leading
company in Russia in field of dismantling missiles using solid fuel, most
importantly SS-22 "Scalpel" missiles which have flight radius of 10 000
kilometres and each of which may carry 20 nuclear warheads of 550 kilotons
(46 times Hiroshima bomb). Missiles to be dismantled do not have nuclear
warheads anymore, and although missile corpuses are also slightly
radioactive main problem is the extremely poisonous fuel they are loaded
with. They plan to build a site inside factory of S.M. Kirov, which
currently both builds and tests engines of strategic missiles.
Mashinostroitel decided to fulfil its task with means of anti-ecological
direct action, considering necessary permissions and environmental impact
assesments as a waste of time.

American funding, given in the framework of 13-year-old Lugar-Nunn
legislation is very crucial for realisation of the project. Actually
regional powers have already wasted lions share of the money given 7 years
ago already, and currently social budget has to be shrinked in order to
have project finally realised and not to have Americans asking to whose
pocket this money ended up back then. Money is channeled through
transnational Washington Group International (http://www.wgint.com/). They
are a huge corporation, operating in more than 30 countries with 26000
employers. American Congressman Richard Lugar himself visited Perm last

Dismantling missiles having solid fuel happens in temperature of 3500
degrees of Celsius, according to Russian and American specialists
poisonous dioxins will form in cooling stream of gas during the process.
Even smallest doses of dioxins are poisonous; they easily accumulate in
food chain, hurt embryos and cause cancer. They are chemically stable, and
stay lethally dangerous during several decades. Technology for safe
utilisation of missile engines using solid fuels just does not exist.

Goal of the protest camp is a total revoke of criminal program to utilise
rocket engines and their fuel in Perm. Protest camp will last until
decisive victory, or at least until beginning of the September.

Protest camp is organised by Anarcho-Ecological Resistance of Perm, Union
for Chemical Safety, Autonomous Action, Yekaterinburg Movement
Against Violence and Rainbow Keepers.

Additional information and pictures:
lager_perm@mail.ru, www.avtonom.org, www.perm.indymedia.ru

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