Cover Osteuropa 4/2006

In Osteuropa 4/2006

On the Road to a Transnational Society?
Belarus and International Chernobyl Aid

Astrid Sahm

Deutsche Fassung


Even 20 years on, the reactor explosion at Chernobyl guarantees Belarus a remarkably high degree of international attention and support despite the country’s far-reaching political isolation. At the same time, the international community’s Chernobyl-related aid follows no unified approach. Just as assessments of the disaster’s consequences vary, the importance of aide to Belarus is heatedly debated. As a consequence, the question is raised whether international Chernobyl aide merely reflects the divisions within Belarusian society, or whether it is helping the country on its way to a transnational society.

(Osteuropa 4/2006, pp. 105–116)