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Remembering Chernobyl

<p>A widow holds a portrait of her husband during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011. Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary on Tuesday of the world's worst nuclear accident at its Chernobyl power plant as Japan pressed on with efforts to control the crisis at its Fukushima plant. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin </p>

A widow holds a portrait of her husband during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011. Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary on Tuesday of the world's worst nuclear accident at its Chernobyl power plant...more

A widow holds a portrait of her husband during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011. Ukraine marked the 25th anniversary on Tuesday of the world's worst nuclear accident at its Chernobyl power plant as Japan pressed on with efforts to control the crisis at its Fukushima plant. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

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<p>A couple stands holding balloons with radioactive signs in Minsk, as they attend an opposition meeting to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko </p>

A couple stands holding balloons with radioactive signs in Minsk, as they attend an opposition meeting to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A couple stands holding balloons with radioactive signs in Minsk, as they attend an opposition meeting to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich looks on during a memorial ceremony at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich looks on during a memorial ceremony at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (L) speaks as Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich looks on during a memorial ceremony at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>People hold portraits of their relatives, who were victims of the Chernobyl accident, during a ceremony in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin </p>

People hold portraits of their relatives, who were victims of the Chernobyl accident, during a ceremony in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

People hold portraits of their relatives, who were victims of the Chernobyl accident, during a ceremony in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

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<p>An anti-nuclear protestor places a wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearby Biblis in a demonstration against nuclear power in Biblis near Frankfurt April 25, 2011. Several thousand people took part in the traditional Easter Monday marches all across Germany. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski </p>

An anti-nuclear protestor places a wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearby Biblis in a demonstration against nuclear power in Biblis near Frankfurt April 25, 2011. Several thousand people took part in...more

An anti-nuclear protestor places a wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster nearby Biblis in a demonstration against nuclear power in Biblis near Frankfurt April 25, 2011. Several thousand people took part in the traditional Easter Monday marches all across Germany. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

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<p>Ukranian officers march with a wreath during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin</p>

Ukranian officers march with a wreath during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

Ukranian officers march with a wreath during a ceremony to honour the victims of the Chernobyl accident, held in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

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<p>People take part in commemoration ceremonies for Chernobyl victims as they mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, in Minsk, Belarus, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko </p>

People take part in commemoration ceremonies for Chernobyl victims as they mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, in Minsk, Belarus, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

People take part in commemoration ceremonies for Chernobyl victims as they mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster, in Minsk, Belarus, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>A man wearing a mask with the radioactive sign attends an opposition meeting in Minsk, to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko </p>

A man wearing a mask with the radioactive sign attends an opposition meeting in Minsk, to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A man wearing a mask with the radioactive sign attends an opposition meeting in Minsk, to commemorate Chernobyl victims and against the building of nuclear power station in Belarus April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

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<p>A member of the Green Party wears a gas mask during a protest against the use of nuclear power in front of Romania's government headquarters in Bucharest April 26, 2011. Dozens of Romanians gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst civil nuclear accident. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

A member of the Green Party wears a gas mask during a protest against the use of nuclear power in front of Romania's government headquarters in Bucharest April 26, 2011. Dozens of Romanians gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl...more

A member of the Green Party wears a gas mask during a protest against the use of nuclear power in front of Romania's government headquarters in Bucharest April 26, 2011. Dozens of Romanians gathered to mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the world's worst civil nuclear accident. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Some 2,000 candles are lit to display a nuclear radiation warning sign during an anti-nuclear rally in Vienna April 25, 2011, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader </p>

Some 2,000 candles are lit to display a nuclear radiation warning sign during an anti-nuclear rally in Vienna April 25, 2011, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Some 2,000 candles are lit to display a nuclear radiation warning sign during an anti-nuclear rally in Vienna April 25, 2011, on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

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<p>A woman lights candles during a memorial service for Chernobyl victims in Kiev April 26, 2011.  REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin </p>

A woman lights candles during a memorial service for Chernobyl victims in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

A woman lights candles during a memorial service for Chernobyl victims in Kiev April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Konstantin Chernichkin

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<p>Protesters hold candles at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in Tokyo April 26, 2011. About 100 activists took part in the rally on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon </p>

Protesters hold candles at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in Tokyo April 26, 2011. About 100 activists took part in the...more

Protesters hold candles at an anti-nuclear rally in front of the headquarters of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), the operator of the tsunami-crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, in Tokyo April 26, 2011. About 100 activists took part in the rally on the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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<p>A boy looks at a portrait of his grandmother as he visits a memorial dedicated to firefighters and workers who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster during a night service near the Chernobyl plant in the city of Slavutych April 25, 2011.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich</p>

A boy looks at a portrait of his grandmother as he visits a memorial dedicated to firefighters and workers who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster during a night service near the Chernobyl plant in the city of Slavutych April 25, 2011. ...more

A boy looks at a portrait of his grandmother as he visits a memorial dedicated to firefighters and workers who died after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster during a night service near the Chernobyl plant in the city of Slavutych April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A general view shows a giant windmill with a message spelt out by Greenpeace activists lying down in the gardens of Moscow State University in Moscow April 26, 2011. The message reads "Stop AES (Atomic Energy Stations)". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov </p>

A general view shows a giant windmill with a message spelt out by Greenpeace activists lying down in the gardens of Moscow State University in Moscow April 26, 2011. The message reads "Stop AES (Atomic Energy Stations)". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov more

A general view shows a giant windmill with a message spelt out by Greenpeace activists lying down in the gardens of Moscow State University in Moscow April 26, 2011. The message reads "Stop AES (Atomic Energy Stations)". REUTERS/Denis Sinyakov

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<p>A boy rests during a protest in front of the entrance of the construction site of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant near the town of Belene, some 230km (143 miles) north of Sofia April 25, 2011. The protest organised on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a call to the government against the planned construction of a 2,000 megawatt nuclear plant at Belene, which is to be located on the Danube river in northern Bulgaria near the Romanian border. Following Japan's nuclear disaster, the government has said it would seek additional safety guarantees for the Belene nuclear plant, which Bulgaria contracted Russia's Atomstroyexport to build in 2006, but the project has since stalled over price disputes with Moscow and funding problems. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov </p>

A boy rests during a protest in front of the entrance of the construction site of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant near the town of Belene, some 230km (143 miles) north of Sofia April 25, 2011. The protest organised on the eve of the 25th...more

A boy rests during a protest in front of the entrance of the construction site of Bulgaria's second nuclear power plant near the town of Belene, some 230km (143 miles) north of Sofia April 25, 2011. The protest organised on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a call to the government against the planned construction of a 2,000 megawatt nuclear plant at Belene, which is to be located on the Danube river in northern Bulgaria near the Romanian border. Following Japan's nuclear disaster, the government has said it would seek additional safety guarantees for the Belene nuclear plant, which Bulgaria contracted Russia's Atomstroyexport to build in 2006, but the project has since stalled over price disputes with Moscow and funding problems. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

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<p>People attend an anti-nuclear protest in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins </p>

People attend an anti-nuclear protest in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People attend an anti-nuclear protest in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

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<p>Activists perform a skit to raise awareness about nuclear safety, in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei April 25, 2011. The performance set on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a call to the country's leaders to raise more awareness on nuclear safety issues. REUTERS/Nicky Loh</p>

Activists perform a skit to raise awareness about nuclear safety, in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei April 25, 2011. The performance set on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a...more

Activists perform a skit to raise awareness about nuclear safety, in front of the Presidential Office in Taipei April 25, 2011. The performance set on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl meltdown, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was a call to the country's leaders to raise more awareness on nuclear safety issues. REUTERS/Nicky Loh

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<p>A view shows a sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

A view shows a sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A view shows a sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 26, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are placed nearby the nuclear power plant in the southern German village of Neckarwestheim near Stuttgart April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder </p>

A wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are placed nearby the nuclear power plant in the southern German village of Neckarwestheim near Stuttgart April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

A wooden cross to commemorate workers, killed during the Chernobyl nuclear disaster are placed nearby the nuclear power plant in the southern German village of Neckarwestheim near Stuttgart April 25, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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