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Rare photos of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

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Rare photographs that were made by Victoria Ivleva in 1990. For these photos, Victoria received the main prize of the photo contest World Press Photo in the category "Science and Technology". The pictures were known abroad, but in our country they were practically not published.

"Faded" Nikon and Igor Mikhailov and Victoria Ivleva

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Left: My "faded" Nikon. We rubbed it for a long time. As a "rubbing" it was necessary to use pure medical alcohol, nothing else helped.

Right: Igor Mikhailov and Victoria Ivlev after a trip to the Central Reactor Hall of the fourth reactor.

Turbine in the engine room

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Dosimetrist Yuri Kobzar on the approach to the stairs leading to the central reactor hall

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Many people think that Yura is shining with radiation - this is not so. Just on it over a white suit is also a special plastic. The feeling of the glow comes from the very strong light of the spotlights, which the guys set themselves to not work in complete darkness.

Pipelines in the engine room

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Engine room of the 4th block. Light rays were obtained from holes in a sarcophagus

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Control panel of the 4th unit

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Dosimetrists Igor Mikhailov and Yuri Kobzar walk the corridors of the station inside the fourth block

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Dosimetrist Igor Mikhailov in the central reactor hall

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The "twig" going at Mikhailov's feet from left to right is part of the "Helen" that got up on the priest, as everyone called the reactor cover

White foam "RADEZ" - a radiation deactivator, which had to wash all the station's staff

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All employees of the station, and especially the 4th unit, were required to undergo a special radiation test when they left work

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If the employee was not "clean" enough, a red light was on, and the turnstile did not work. Then it was necessary to come back and wash again in the shower, applying "RADEZ".

Still-life from Soviet times, shot in the vicinity of the station

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Measurement of the level of radiation in the town of Chernobyl, where the employees of the Complex Expedition of the Kurchatov Institute lived after the accident

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An abandoned pond overlooking the Ferris wheel, which will never work again

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The color of the pond speaks only of duckweed and has nothing to do with radiation

Kindergarten in the city of Pripyat and Lenin in the abandoned kindergarten of Pripyat

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Left: Kindergarten in the city of Pripyat, from which all residents were evacuated.

Right: Lenin, who now lives forever in an abandoned kindergarten in the city of Pripyat.

Bedroom in the kindergarten in Pripyat

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