16 Apr '11, 10am

Chernobyl Survivor Still Backs Nuclear Energy: SINGAPORE - It happened a quarter of a century ago but Sergei Bel...

Chernobyl Survivor Still Backs Nuclear Energy: SINGAPORE - It happened a quarter of a century ago but Sergei Bel...

SINGAPORE - It happened a quarter of a century ago but Sergei Belyakov still remembers vividly how much he suffered from high radiation exposure after the Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown. "I was extremely weak, my motion senses were altered and I had difficulty breathing normally," said the Ukrainian-born scientist, part of a Soviet clean-up crew assigned to tackle the world's worst nuclear plant disaster. Belyakov could not even muster the strength to play his favourite sport, basketball, for more than a year after Chernobyl and says he still suffers from the lingering effects of exposure during a 40-day stint at the stricken plant. But as the world prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl incident against the backdrop of an ongoing emergency at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan, Belyakov still believes in nuclear energy. "Despite the fact...

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