On November 9th, a rally to support a referendum on nuclear plant construction in the region was held in Nizhny Novgorod (a city 450 km east from Moscow with 1.2 million residents). On this day 20 years ago the Italian people decided with an overwhelming majority to ban the use of nuclear power in their country. All the nuclear power plants were soon closed in Italy.
The rally participants wanted again to attract attention to this problem and remind the head of the Russian Federal Nuclear Agency Sergey Kirienko his words when he promised last year not to build nuclear power plants in the regions where the residents are against.
So far it was collected 2,000 signatures in favour of referendum on nuclear power plant construction, Argumenty I Fakty – Nizhny Novgorod newspaper reported.