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Stop the release of this movie

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I wanted to bring to your attention an upcoming film being released on Memorial Day called, "Chernobyl Diaries." Director Oren Peli, a Hollywood Director, has decided to create a horror movie about Chornobyl. Although it may give the world some information about what happened on that horrific day, such a movie seems like a mockery of such a tragic event in our country's history, and this movie should not be released. The world would never see a movie like this come out about Hurricane Katrina, Hiroshima or Nagasaki or any other devastating events in history, so why Chornobyl?

The Chernobyl disaster was a catastrophic nuclear accident that occurred on 26 April 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine. An explosion and fire released large quantities of radioactive contamination into the atmosphere, which spread over much of Western USSR and Europe. It is widely considered to have been the worst nuclear power plant accident in history, and is one of only two classified as a level 7 event on the International Nuclear Event Scale. The catastrophe ultimately involved over 500,000 workers and cost an estimated 18 billion rubles, crippling the Soviet economy.

From 1986 to 2000, 350,400 people were evacuated and resettled from the most severely contaminated areas of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine.

Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus have been burdened with the continuing and substantial decontamination and health care costs of the Chernobyl accident. Estimates of the number of deaths potentially resulting from the accident vary enormously. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that the death toll could reach 4,000 civilian deaths, a figure which does not include military clean-up worker casualties. The Union of Concerned Scientists estimate that for the broader population there will be 50,000 excess cancer cases resulting in 25,000 excess cancer deaths. The 2006 TORCH report predicted 30,000 to 60,000 cancer deaths as a result of Chernobyl fallout. A Greenpeace report puts this figure at 200,000 or more. A Russian publication, Chernobyl, concludes that 985,000 premature cancer deaths occurred worldwide between 1986 and 2004 as a result of radioactive contamination from Chernobyl.
(the above information can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chernobyl_disaster)

This tragedy has affected many in the past but continues to impact many people today. We should do everything in our power to make sure a movie like this does not get released, out of respect to our country as well as the thousands who died in this tragic event and thousands of others who are still suffering from its effects today.



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