Russian and the Eurasian Republics

By: David Ortega

Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986, a scientist was experimented on a nuclear reactor in Chernobyl and it went wrong. The power plant exploded and caught on fire. A radioactive cloud shot up into the air 3,280 feet. The wind carried the fallout gas as far as northern and central Europe. This radioactive gas contaminated every thing around it. One of these things was farm’s, meaning that the grass the cows ate was contaminated and framers could not sell the milk.

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Aral Sea

The Aral Sea was once on of the world’s largest saltwater lakes. Now the Aral Sea is only a fraction of the size it used to be. Farmers redirected the canals that connected to the Aral Sea and use them for irrigation. The reason they began irrigation was because very big parts of Central Asia are semiarid and arid, meaning little or no rainfall and they needed more water to grow the crops they needed.

Fertilizer and pesticides from the farming started to kill plants and animals
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Serfdom to Industrialization

Ivan IV, sometimes known as Ivan the Terrible, changed the rules when he took the throne. Ivan IV killed many nobles and gave their land to the people who supported him. The people who supported Ivan needed peasants to farm their land so Ivan IV passed laws that tied the peasants to the land calling them serfs. Czar Alexander II freed the serfs in 1861. He wanted the serfs to work in industries. Although he did this in 1861 the Industrial Revolution did not actually start till the 1890’s. Even though the serfs no longer had to work on others farms many strikes still happened because they didn’t like the government.
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