Ex-Chornobyl Head Says Causes Of Accident Concealed
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Viktor Bryukhanov (left) and chief engineer Nikolai Fomin appear in a Soviet court in 1987 (ITAR-TASS)
April 25, 2006 -- The former director of the Chornobyl (Chernobyl) nuclear power plant says the world has failed to learn the lessons of the Chornobyl disaster.
In a rare interview, Viktor Bryukhanov told Russia's "Profil" magazine that the flaws in the technology used at Chornobyl and the dangers of nuclear power were not fully disclosed after the accident 20 years ago.
He acknowledged that staff error was partly responsible, but said the official investigations into the accident were designed to exonerate the nuclear industry.
Bryukhanov was jailed for negligence after the accident, and served half of a 10-year sentence.