The Economic and Political Repercussions

  • David R. Marples


This chapter will focus on the economic and political impact of the accident on the Soviet Union, and on Soviet Ukraine in particular. Its conclusions are tentative because these repercussions are still continuing, and it will be some time before a definitive assessment can be made of the accident’s impact on Soviet nuclear energy policy. We will limit ourselves to events that have occurred since the summer of 1986. The Soviet nuclear energy program and its Ukrainian component have been described in detail elsewhere. Here, therefore, it will suffice to look at those programs as they developed after and in the light of the accident. Similarly, the progress but not the background of the East European nuclear energy program will also be noted.


Nuclear Power Plant Social Impact Chernobyl Accident Nuclear Plant RBMK Reactor 
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  1. 58.
    See Roman Solchanyk, “Chernobyl: The Political Fallout in Ukraine,” Journal of Ukrainian Studies 20 (Summer 1986): 20–34, and especially 28–32.Google Scholar

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© David R. Marples 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Marples
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  1. 1.Canadian Institute of Ukrainian StudiesUniversity of AlbertaCanada

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