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Restored Chornobyl Veterans Monument Unveiled In Russian City

AZOV, Russia -- A restored monument to those who participated in the 1986 Chornobyl nuclear disaster cleanup has been officially unveiled in the southern Russian city of Azov, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

The local Soyuz Chornobyl (Union Chornobyl) nongovernmental organization told RFE/RL that the monument, which was destroyed by vandals in 2008, was restored on the initiative of seven young workers led by local factory foreman Denis Kislov.

The group has worked for two years in their spare time to repair the ruined monument. The plant's management supported the project.

Hundreds of thousands of Soviet citizens from across the former Soviet Union took part in the Chornobyl cleanup. Many have since died or become sickened from exposure to radiation they received during the cleanup.