March 19th , 2012
In Russian（Belarusian?）with Japanese Translation (No English Subtitle)
44 min 30 sec
Sponsored by Radiation Defense Project
*** In this Swiss TV program made in 2004, his scientific work is introduced as well as his arrest in Belarus with English subtitles. He appears around 20 min.
“Nuclear Controversies” directed by Wlandimir Tchertkoff
51min, 2004, in French & Russian with English Subtitle
Dr. Yury Bandazhevsky, former director of the Medical Institute in Gomel (Belarus), is a scientist working on sanitary consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. He was the first to create an institute in Belarus, in 1989, specially dedicated to scientific work on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.
On June 2001, Yury Bandazhevsky was sentenced to eight years imprisonment on the grounds that he had received bribes from students’ parents. The institute’s Deputy Director, Vladimir Ravkov, also received an eight-year prison sentence. Bandazhevsky’s lawyer claimed that he had been convicted on the basis of two testimonies made under duress, without any material evidence. According to many human rights groups Dr. Bandazhevsky was a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty International has stated on their website “His conviction was widely believed to be related to his scientific research into the Chernobyl catastrophe and his open criticism of the official response to the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster on people living in the region of Gomel.” His arrest came soon after he published reports critical of the official research being conducted into the Chernobyl incident.
Chronic Cs-137 incorporation in children’s organs/ Syndrome of long-living incorporated radioisotopes（SLIR）:
Caesium-137 levels in organs were examined at autopsy. The highest accumulation of Cs-137 was found in the endocrine glands, in particular the thyroid, the adrenals and the pancreas. High levels were also found in the heart, the thymus and the spleen.
Photograph1: Histological myocardium composition of a 43-year-old Dobrush resident (sudden death case). Radiocesium concentration in heart – 45,4 Bq/kg
Photograph2: Histology of normal cardiac muscles and Purkinje fibers as reference