Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Myths of Chernobyl

Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Myths of Chernobyl. Chernobyl attracted me for a long time. A bunch of read articles, viewing photos in blogs - all this painted all sorts of legends in my head

1. Uninhabitedness.

Chernobyl, located between the 30- and 10-kilometer perimeters around the nuclear power plant, is quite habitable. It is home to the maintenance personnel of the station and the surrounding area, the Ministry of Emergencies and those who returned to their former places. The city has shops, bars, and some other benefits of civilization, but no children.

2. Closeness.

I was sure that all entrances to the nuclear power plant were carefully guarded, and no one except the maintenance personnel was allowed there, and you can only get into the zone by giving the guards their paws. Not a fig like that.

Of course, you can't just go through the checkpoint, but the cops just write out a pass for each car, indicating the number of passengers, and go yourself, get irradiated.

They say that before they also asked for passports. By the way, children under 18 are not allowed into the zone.

The road to Chernobyl is surrounded on both sides by a wall of trees, but if you look closely, you can see the abandoned half-ruins of private houses among the lush vegetation. No one will return to them.

3. Non-attendance.

From the stories of bloggers, I was sure that only the checked radiation seekers go to their fifth point (like me) to the accident zone, and normal people would not approach this zone closer than 30 km. How good they are!

The first checkpoint on the road to the plant is Zone III: a 30-kilometer perimeter around the plant. At the entrance to the checkpoint there was such a line of cars that I could not even imagine: despite the fact that the cars were passed through the control in 3 rows, we stood for about an hour, waiting for our turn.

The reason for this is the active visits by former residents of Chernobyl and Pripyat from April 26 to May holidays. All of them go either to their former places of residence, or to cemeteries, or "to the coffins, " as they say here.

4. NPP inaccessibility.

For some reason, it always seemed to me that the nuclear power plant itself was surrounded by some kilometer-long barbed wire perimeter, so that God forbid some adventurer would not come closer than a few hundred meters to the station and receive a dose of radiation.

The road leads us directly to the central entrance, where from time to time regular buses drive up to deliver the station workers - people continue to work at the nuclear power plant to this day. According to our guides, there are several thousand people, although this figure seemed too high to me, because all the reactors have long been shut down. Behind the shop you can see the pipe of the destroyed reactor 4.