Chernobyl: The end of a three-decade experiment

Since the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986, an area of more than 4,000 square kilometres has been abandoned.

“The important thing then was to understand the extent of the contamination – to draw the first maps of the exclusion zone.”

In a forgotten, outer portion of the exclusion zone, people were quietly allowed to return home a few months after the disaster.

Strict rules govern this officially contaminated district; exclusion zone land must not be cultivated to produce food and it cannot be developed.

That could be about to change, as Victoria Gill discovered during a week-long trip to the exclusion zone.

‘Tell people Chernobyl is not such a horrible place’The town of Chernobyl itself – somewhat confusingly much further from the power plant than Pripyat – is in a less contaminated area.

‘We have forgotten that we are Chernobyl people’Gennady’s 33 years working in the exclusion zone might have been leading up to one meeting at the end of this week.

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