Chernobyl Disaster in the Soviet Union

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Picture of the exploded Chernobyl reactor unit 4 after the accident of INES level 7 on April 26, 1986
Action in front of a market hall in Minsk for Chernobyl Day 2011
The protests in Minsk reminded that constructing an NPP in the most Chernobyl affected country is no good idea
Action on April 27, 2010 in front of the Parliament building in Helsinki
Poster announcing the Chernobyl theatre piece in Belarus 2014
Demonstration outside Ålands Lagting on Chernobyl Day 2009
Chalk slogans on the road connecting French EPR project and Chernobyl experiences (Network meeting in Bure, 2008)

On April 26, 1986 Chernobyl NPP unit 4 exploded. 500,000 people and 485 villages have been relocated, more than 500,000 victims suffered from this up to then biggest atomic catastrophe in human history.

Situated in the Ukraine, close to Belarusian border, Chernobyl was constructed as a Soviet reactor. Although far from that water body, the disaster is until today the biggest Baltic Sea polluter. At the same time the Baltic Sea is also the marine area most affected by this accident classified as INES 7. The reason is the route the radioactive cloud traveled after the explosions in Chernobyl. It went to the north and caused a strong deposition of radioactive nuclides in the watershed of the Baltic Sea.

Actions and events


  • lecture "The Reactor Catastrophe in Chernobyl"
    • Information about the Chernobyl site, basic facts of the accidents, rescue measurements, radiation doses, consequences of the catastrophe, lies of authorities and politicians, Chernobyl as a political symbol and conclusions. 62 slides with images of the accident and from Belarus (victims of the accident, liquidators, "empty villages", actions).
    • The slides are currently provided in German (smaller file)only, but the presentation can be held in English, too.
    • duration: some 2 hours
    • technical requirements: digital projector & screen, computer/laptop
    • contact: Falk Beyer, Falk AT nuclear-heritage DOT net[1]
  • theater group: Theatre Kryly Halopa
    • Since 2013 the theatre “Kryly Halopa” has started work on a documentary theatre project “Stories of Belarus”. The documentary theatre Chernobyl based on the authentic texts and documents, interviews and the fates of real people, technology verbatim and the most actual and contemporary topics of reality, is a genre that exists on the border of art and social analysis.


Guided tours to the nuclear exclusion zone of the catastrophe - caution! This article downplays the risks of radiation while scientific sounding data is mentioned without telling that any additional radiation dose is to be avoided. They don't speak about the alpha and beta radiation regular Geiger counters can't detect. Don't trust travel agencies promoting adventure trips to atomic disaster zones - there safety measures and advice will probably again underestimate the actual threats.

Media releases


Further information

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