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On twenty sixth April 1986 the nuclear reactor of the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin power-station at Chernobyl exploded. It used to be a disaster of old proportions - many hundreds of thousands suffered, and persisted to endure, from the results. To chronicle this catastrophe and its aftermath, Piers Paul learn interviewed the engineers and operators who have been engaging in the fateful try out at the evening of twenty fifth April; he talked to the director of the power-station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes as soon as run by means of Beria's Ministry for Medium computer construction - the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's clinic No 6, and the once-closed urban of Obninsk. during this account, learn takes benefit of the declassification of nuclear details within the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that the failure of the coup in 1991. He additionally won entry to the trial transcripts, the protocol of the hitherto mystery scientific fee, and different private studies. the result's not just the tale of the disaster, but in addition a parable approximately totalitarianism and its cave in.

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Author of the play Sarcophagus The Chernobyl Commission Boris Scherbina Deputy prime minister. First chairman Ivan Silayev Deputy prime minister. Second chairman Oleg Shepin Deputy minister of health. Chairman of the medical commission Andrei Vorobyov Haematologist. Principal expert on the medical commission KIEV Officials Vladimir General secretary, Communist Shcherbitsky Party of the Ukraine Grigori Revenko First party secretary of the Kiev region Vitali Sklerov Ukrainian minister of power and electrification Valentina Ukrainian deputy prime minister Shevchenko Anatoli Romanenko Ukrainian minister of health Defence and Civil Defence General Berdov Commander of the Ukrainian militia Major General Antoshkin Air force commander, Kiev region Nationalists and Democrats Yuri Shcherbak Leader of the Green World movement in Kiev.

Nikolai was baptized into the Orthodox church, sang in the church choir as a boy and spent his holidays on his Russian grandmother’s crumbling, neglected estate. His interests, like those of his parents, were in music and literature, not politics: the dramatic events of 1917 passed him by. Graduating from the prestigious Technical University in Moscow – formerly the Imperial College – in 1923, he worked in the power and chemical industries as both a designer and an engineer. He never became a Communist: although frequently invited to join the party, he always made the excuse that he could not claim to be a Marxist since he never had time to read Marx.

His grandfather had been a Czech engineer employed by an Austrian company to build a bridge over the Dnieper for the railway from Kursk to Odessa. Nikolai was baptized into the Orthodox church, sang in the church choir as a boy and spent his holidays on his Russian grandmother’s crumbling, neglected estate. His interests, like those of his parents, were in music and literature, not politics: the dramatic events of 1917 passed him by. Graduating from the prestigious Technical University in Moscow – formerly the Imperial College – in 1923, he worked in the power and chemical industries as both a designer and an engineer.

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