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Moscow Police Disperse Protesting Chornobyl Veterans

MOSCOW -- Police in the Russian capital have dispersed a protest by Chornobyl nuclear accident veterans from Samara, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Dozens of activists arrived in Moscow on April 20 from the Volga city of Samara to protest at the Prosecutor-General's Office.

Albina Petrova, the deputy chairwoman of a Chornobyl veterans' organization in Samara, told RFE/RL that police detained four of the protesters.

Thousands of people from throughout the former Soviet Union took part in the cleanup of the 1986 nuclear disaster at Ukraine's Chornobyl nuclear power station.

The protesters are demanding greater attention be paid to their health problems -- which they say are the result of their work at Chornobyl -- and the difficult financial situations they have because of their poor health.