HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ gets mixed reviews from survivors

Critics and viewers on both sides of the Atlantic have lined up to acclaim ‘Chernobyl’, a dramatisation of events surrounding the world’s worst nuclear accident – but the reactions of some of the survivors are less rose-tinted.


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The internet is blowing up over these Chernobyl selfies and travel porn pics. The nuclear wasteland has become a major tourist attraction since the May premiere of an HBO miniseries about the 1986 power plant tragedy, with some tour groups reporting a 40 percent spike in bookings. It was only matter of time before Instagram…
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Doing Homebrew Vodka Shots in the Shadow of Chernobyl

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A shot glass of vodka was pushed toward me.

No words were spoken. None needed to be. I was in Ukraine after all. I was used to starting interviews by downing shots. At an early breakfast meeting in eastern Ukraine shot glasses were part of the table setting—and already filled with brandy.

But this shot of vodka was different. It was home brew—from Chernobyl. Or, to be more exact, from the exclusion zone surrounding Chernobyl nuclear power plant, site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster. I encountered the shot glass on my first trip to Chernobyl in 2000. It was not my last trip.

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