The nuclear accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Chernobyl on April 26, 1986, contaminated thousands of square miles, forcing 150 thousand inhabitants to hastily abandon their homes. Posters of disgraced Politburo members, most likely preparations for upcoming May Day celebrations, litter the floor of an abandoned storage facility in Pripyat, once the largest town in the area with 49 thousand inhabitants. Decades later, the Politburo posters remain a haunting reminder of a tragedy worsened by the initial denial of the Soviet political class.
My exhibit, “The Long Shadow of Chernobyl,” at the ROSPHOTO State Photo Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, will be closing September 22.
The amazing HBO miniseries, “Chernobyl” has been widely viewed in Russia. Due to its success, some in the Russian media announced they would follow up with their own version of the story, in which the CIA is portrayed as one of the culprits of the disaster. Even Russians, however, were making fun of this take. The trailer, which had already premiered on YouTube, has now disappeared.
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