Chernobyl is about 80 miles north-west of Kiev, Ukraine's capital and the third largest city of the former Soviet Union.
The worst ever nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl and at the time it sent radioactive clouds across neighboring Belarus, Poland and the Baltic republics all the way to Scandinavia.
Within a few days, the winds carried the radioactive cloud almost over whole of Europe, causing anxiety and fear.
The worst disaster was in Ukraine and Belarus where large doses of radiation went by, and unfortunately stayed there the longest, so the economy of the countries also suffered. In addition, the radioactive compound passed through the territory of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and many Western European countries.
To this day, the land there is abandoned. Thousands of homes and hectares of land ... everything is the same as 20 years ago.
Nowadays there are organized tours of the area. These photographs were made by Alexander Vikulov while he was on one of those tours.
This is a Soviet sign you see when you come into Chernobyl. Many of these signs are still intact since Soviet Union existed.
This is also the sign of the Soviet era on a building in Chernobyl. Life is slowly beginning to grow in Chernobyl and some people have decided to return despite the dangers of radiation. Some of the participants on the tours noticed that one building was completely renovated.
The main square in the center of Chernobyl
This is a monument to people who were involved in the termination of nuclear power plants immediately after the incident. Almost all died - some immediately, some later.
This is the infamous nuclear power plant. Even now, people work there. They are building a special cover on the top of the destroyed reactor in order to stop further radiation. They are allowed to work only two minutes a day in special clothes, and they receive a salary of $ 1000 which is 5 times the average salary in the region. Many people are trying to set up their instruments so that they show a lower dose of radiation. They want to work more and earn more money.
It says: "Brave"
This was the hotel.
Interior of the school. Just look at how many gas masks ... !
Look at the nuclear power plant ...
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