Unknown Chernobyl in 1988-89.
Friends, today there will be an interesting post with unknown and very interesting photos of Chernobyl - these photos were made by my friendGennady Tsurkov,Be sure to subscribe to his page in fb). In 1988-89, Gennady worked at Chernobyl as part of a scientific group of biologists — the group was studying the effects of radiation on the environment. Photography is one of Gennady’s hobbies, and therefore most of his Chernobyl photos are very high-quality color photos taken on German film. This is very unusual - basically, photographs from Chernobyl of those years are represented by amateur fuzzy black and white photographs.
Personally, in the photo collection of Gennady, I was most struck by the footage of the remnantsRed forestnear, as well as the fact that already in the late eighties, the entire Chernobyl zone was plundered by looters. So, in today's post, we will walk along the outskirts of Chernobyl, 1988-89, along with Gennady Tsurkov.
Pictures are published for the first time.
02Photo taken in 1988 in the village of Kopachi. The village is known for being close to the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant and it was buried with special equipment, a popular legend is that Kopachi was buried allegedly because of "high levels of radiation" - they say the houses were so bright that they had to be buried. This legend even migrated to the game "S.T.A.L.K.E.R." - there the half-ruined Kopachi is almost the most radioactive place in the entire Exclusion Zone.
In fact, everything was different - the village was buried simply in order not to leave empty houses in the immediate vicinity of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, this happened in 1990. In the photo of Gennady, one of the employees of the Zone tries local strawberries - there were no “highest levels of radiation” in Kopachi.
03. And this is the WRI (engineering fencing machine, military special equipment on the chassis of the tank), with the help of which buildings were demolished in the Alienation Zone (including Kopachi). First, the excavator was digging a hole, after which WRI drove up and, with the help of a special grab and dump, dumped the house into the hole. Please note that the cabin of WRI is sheathed with lead - this was done to further protect the driver from radiation.
04. Cut-off gripper from IMR-a.In wartime, such seizures were supposed to dismantle barricades and drag down fallen trees, and in Chernobyl they were used to work with highly active debris - for example, large fragments were collected from the reactor core in the immediate vicinity of the Fourth Unit.
Capture on this photo, most likely, was cut off due to high pollution - so as not to throw the whole car. However, the Chernobyl wrecks did not leave the Exclusion Zone, and now they are rusting near the walls of the sarcophagus.
05. The outskirts of the city of Chernobyl in 1988-89. As you can see, the marauders even then got to all the valuable and completely crushed the car left. But the house in the background looks quite decent,now you will not see this- in almost all wooden houses the roofs were ruined from time, and the houses themselves are hidden by a dense and impassable forest, into which the old gardens have turned.
06. The workers of the Zone also had their own transport - in the photo Gennady changes the wheel of the "intrazonovskikh" Zhiguli - this fleet was formed from vehicles of residents of Chernobyl and Pripyat, who due to pollution were not allowed to take out of the Zone.These machines were used for work purposes by liquidators and scientists who worked inside the perimeter of the ChZO. Each vehicle was assigned an “intra-zone” number, which was applied on the sides, as well as on the trunk or roof - so that the car could be quickly identified from a helicopter.
07. Here is a completely unique photograph - a video bar called "Stalker" in Chernobyl, according to Gennady in the evenings there from time to time they twisted porn on the screen 3x4 meters) It is considered that before the development of the same game began (i.e. before 2000s) the word "stalker" was associated exclusively with the heroes of the Strugatskys, but not with Chernobyl, but as we see, it is not so - in the eighties, Soviet Komsomol members had a clear parallel between the events of Chernobyl and "Roadside Picnic".
08. The frame was made in close proximity to the Chernobyl NPP. To the left of the survey point there is a station (from there are rows of numerous power lines), to the right is Red Forest, behind it is the bridge to the city of Pripyat. In the center of the frame you can see a black tablet - in those years in dangerous places such zones were often placed on roadsides and other places, the background was indicated in X-rays per hour.
09. One of the most radioactive places in the Zone is a field at the site of the formerRed forest. On the horizon one can see the ventrub and the sarcophagus of the Fourth Block - when the reactor exploded, the wind blew radioactive smoke and children into the pine forest - for several hours the pine trees literally “burned” from the radiation and became rusty-red in color, from which the forest got its nickname .
In 1988-89, the Red Forest had already been destroyed - excavators were digging special trenches into which the IMRs and bulldozers then dumped trees. It was simply impossible to knock down the forest - first, it did not resolve the issue of fire safety - in the event of a fire in the tumbled down forest, all the radioactive “dirt” would rise to the air again. Secondly, it created lateral "lumbago" radiation on nearby roads, and therefore it was decided to bury the trees in the ground.
10. An attempt to "renovate" the territory - biologists make experienced planting of young trees on the site of the Red Forest - but they quickly "burned" because of high radiation fields. The photo of Gennady shows burnt young pines planted on the site of the Red Forest.
11. But this is the furthest part of the forest - she was not buried, but she also suffered. Gennady in the photo indicates coniferous trees “burned out” by radiation - they are much worse endure high radiation fields,than leafy plants and quickly die.
12. A strong frame - in the foreground is some old village cemetery, in the background - the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. In the middle - trees killed by radiation.
13. The frame on the left is made in the area of the cooling pond of the ChNPP, behind the Fourth Block. In 1988-89 there were very strong levels of radiation here, from which the film turned out to be slightly highlighted. On the shore you can see dead fish - it did not die from radiation, but from reagents that were sprayed from helicopters. Reagents, settling, formed a polymer film that binds radioactive dust, after which the film was collected and exported to burial grounds.
In the photo on the right, there are storage rooms in the Chernobyl river port, such were at many Soviet stations.
14. Shop "Pripyat" in the Chernobyl river port. As you can see, save still good - the windows are intact, all the counters and showcases remained inside and, apparently, the doors are locked. Apparently, this happened because the building is located near some operating objects.
15. Abandoned barges in Chernobyl. Based on this place, a base of stalkers "Skadovsk" was created in the game "S.T.A.L.K.E.R. - Call of Pripyat".
16. Also Chernobyl Record:
17. Gennady on one of the port facilities:
18. Port cranes.True, this was shot not in the city of Chernobyl itself, but not far from the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, behind the station.
19. Most of all in the pictures of Gennady I was struck by the fact that by 1988-89 (that is, only 2-3 years after the accident), the Chernobyl Zone was already very thoroughly looted and took almost the same form as we know it from photos of the 2000s - the beginning of mass tourism in the CEZ.
The church in the village of Krasnoe, plundered by marauders:
20. One of the houses in Chernobyl, visible "work" of looters in search of valuable things.
21. Another house. Broken piano and broken things - apparently looking for hiding places with money and valuables. According to Gennady, back in the eighties from the abandoned Pripyat, the marauders carried whole cars full of carpets and sheepskin coats, which were then sold through commission stores.
22. Opened in search of "treasure" sofa. If you live in Kiev and have a carpet or sheepskin coat of those years - do not forget to check them with a dosimeter - it is possible that the dust of Chernobyl-1986 remained there.
23. On the left, an eerie photo - woven woodland cradle, near which lies the corpse of a dog. Most likely, this is a dog of someone from the inhabitants of Chernobyl or from Pripyat - during the evacuation, people were not allowed to take pets, and they had to be left in the Zone.Later, through the military registration and enlistment offices, hunters were called up, who were sent to Chernobyl to shoot former pets.
In the photo on the right is a cactus dried on the window.
24. Pillaged Chernobyl garment factory. As you see, already in 1988-89, marauders looted everything in Chernobyl. Against this background, the reasoning of those who want to go to Pripyat and find an apartment, "about which everyone has forgotten" and where everything is left "as in Soviet times", looks ridiculous and naive - there were no such apartments left by 1990.
25. Also a garment factory. The inscription on the poster: "Labor in the USSR is a matter of honor, valor and heroism."
26. One of the burnt houses in Chernobyl. There is a version that the firemen themselves set fire to the houses, which at that time began to be cut. The cuts have ceased - the fires have also ceased.
27. Empty Chernobyl farmsteads:
28. Old farm.
Thank you so muchGennady Tsurkovfor his work and photo.
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