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(en) Russia, Perm, A CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL RADICAL ECOLOGICAL PROTEST CAMP* IN July-August 2004

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Date Fri, 28 May 2004 07:37:52 +0200 (CEST)


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Year 2001 saw a clash between Russian military-industrial complex and their
American friends from Lockheed Martin in another side, and local inhabitants
and radical ecologists from Rainbow Keepers in another side, which took
place in the city of Votkinsk of Udmurtian Republic. Back then big money
lost their cause, but having licked their wounds last 3 years they seem to
be ready for another round, this time in the city of Perm, Ural.
BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM
In accordance with international disarmament treaties,
Russia has to build certain amount of factories for utilisation of 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 - in Votkinsk, rocket engine and fuel processing plant was planned
to be built 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, rockets
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! Yet it is also
not completely clear which American companies are involved this time, Lockheed
Martin claimed that they have withdrawn 2001 already. Congressman Richard
Lugar visited Perm last autumn, and at least Washington Group
International Ltd. has office in Perm and is closely involved with project.

FGUP Perm Factory Mashinostroitel has been given a license
to be leading company in Russia in field of
utilisation of Solid Fuel Rockets (SFR's). 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 expertise as a waste of time. An unofficial ecological expertise by
NGO's was done to only one of the 7 objects which are included to project, a
corpus for heat neutralising of solid waste was examined.
Experts from Perm and all over Russia considered this
object extremely dangerous and appealed against its construction - however,
construction is still going on. Company claims construction has been halted,
but local people
have reported that everything is following schedule.

Utilisation process of solid rocket 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 old rocked engines using solid
fuels just does not exist. Complex for utilisation of solid rocket fuels
endangers
life and health of inhabitants Perm, especially of those
living in Kirov area, where factory is planned to be built.

ROCK ON!

Goal of the protest camp is a total revoke of criminal
program to utilise rocket engines and their fuel in Perm.
We will not accept turning Perm into a dioxin waste dump!

Protest camp will be launched in beginning of July,
and will last until decisive victory, or at least until
beginning of the September. Camp program will include
contacting local inhabitants, demonstrations and
creative forms of protest. Currently initiative group of
camp consists of Perm section of Union for Chemical
Safety, Anarcho-Ecological Resistance (from Perm),
Yekaterinburg Movement Against Violence and
several members of Autonomous Action from Moscow
and Perm. You are most welcome to join camp preparations or to organise
support actions - if your group wants to join the initiative group, contact
us.
In case you plan to come, take cutlery, sleeping bag, own tent (if you have
one) and lots of fighting spirit with you!

Contacts:

Website of the campaign:

http://www.util.pc.cz/index.php

In Perm:
souzperm-A-mail.ru
xpermx-A-mail.ru (Autonomous Action in Perm,
this is the contact e-mail for English speakers!)
iouchkov-A-mail.ru

In Moscow:
rinke-A-list.ru
In Yekaterinburg
dpn-A-etel.ru
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* [Ed. Note: antiauthoritarian initiative]


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