I remember visiting various towns in Russia and in the Ukraine in 1992. Some of them looked very much like this picture.
I’d love to visit and see what things look like now after so many years.
“The order to evacuate Pripyat came too late. It had been 36 hours since an explosion in Reactor 4 at Chernobyl, on April 26, 1986, had spewed its radioactive debris over the town.
Fearing panic, the then Soviet authorities, under Mikhail Gorbachev, ordered Pripyat’s citizens to continue life as normal.
So, as the world’s worst nuclear accident wreaked havoc, searing with radiation all in its path, children in this town went to school and sat through lessons. Couples got married.
When the evacuation did get under way, once the scale of disaster could no longer be denied, residents were told they would be back in a few days. They took nothing with them, just documents, some money and some food for the bus ride.”