Trip to Chernobyl

Trip to Chernobyl

surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant there is a 30-kilometer exclusion zone, you can only enter with a special pass. From Kiev the road goes through the Zone check point at Dityatki.

far from the plant is the fire department. where there is a monument to those who put out a fire on station in the first hours and days after accident.

 

 

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autumn of 1986 in Chernobyl, occurred another tragedy. October 2 Mi-8 helicopter, worked on the station, caught a screw for the cable and crashed. Killed the entire crew – 4 people. The monument is installed next to them with a helipad, which is still used.

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nameplates settlements were evicted after the accident. All very succinctly: The name of the village, how many people, when and where relocated. There are  dozens of these plates in the Zone.

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monument near the entrance to the Pripyat River. The background radiation on the road and so exceeds natural background radiation, and should you move away a little to the side, this value increases tenfold.

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And here we are at the entrance to the Pripyat River. Here again, they check the documents and permission to visit the city.  These cars run on completely empty streets lined with empty houses.  For a Quarter of a century no one lives here. It is scary when you realize that there will never be people living here again. Pripyat – Ghost Town, reminding us all of the impermanent and transitory nature of all things.

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Palace of Culture “Energetic.” Graffiti on the walls, depicting the silhouettes of people. Graffiti is everywhere – on walls and roofs, landings and in the pool. They are like the ghosts that settled in the town. They play, climb stairs, fish, crying and screaming in terror. Artists from Moscow, Kiev and Berlin came here as an ordinary tour, they are now on a “black list” and they will never be able to get here again but after a heated debate they decided not to paint over the graffiti, not to wash off, and leave it as is. So they live here – forever frozen as the city itself.

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already and the Soviet empire, no, but her arms still adorns the building. There is this some kind of symbol: emblem of a bygone country in the bygone city.

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area before the House of Culture.

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Helicopter liquidators: Alexander Yunkin and Stanislav V. Titov. Until now they have seen Pripyat only from the air. A quarter century ago.

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