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Innovation and Conservatism in the New Soviet Leadership
I. The Chernobyl Disaster
May we begin by discussing the Chernobyl disaster, which has been at the centre of attention in the recent period. Implicit in Western official and much press reaction is the idea that everything is entirely different over there. More specifically, there are charges that the Chernobyl type of reactor is not as safe as those used in the West, that the design is primitive or faulty, that there may have been poor workmanship or organization in the process of construction. Are such claims valid? [*]
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