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City where time has stopped

Traveling around the world to the most remote corners of the planet, I often get asked one question: “Where are you from?” (Where are you from?), And many people don’t even know about a country like Ukraine, but when you speak Chernobyl, everyone becomes understandably. Indeed, they know about a global catastrophe even in distant countries, in the most remote villages. Hearing the word Chernobyl, I see the same reaction, people shake their heads from side to side with a long oh-oh-oh, with their whole appearance showing regret and empathy.


The desert road, on which now only the working personnel in the exclusion zone goes. The road to the city is a ghost.



The monument to firefighters, one of the first to take part in the elimination of the accident, was made with its own hands liquidators of the accident from the same concrete under which the fourth power unit was buried.


As a result of the accident, about 5 million hectares of land were taken out of agricultural use, an 30-kilometer exclusion zone was created around the NPP, hundreds of small settlements were destroyed and buried (buried with heavy equipment). And in the early days the government did not want to disclose and recognize the accident, the city residents did not even know what had happened and instead of evacuating, they just ran to take a look at the fire.


After the accident at the 4 power unit, the operation of the power plant was suspended due to a dangerous radiation situation. However, already in October 1986 of the year, after extensive work on decontamination of the territory and construction of the “sarcophagus”, the 1 and 2 units were re-commissioned; in December 1987, the work of 3 was resumed.


The construction of the fifth power unit of the Chernobyl NPP was almost completed, stopped after the accident, only the foundation was prepared for the sixth power unit.


The decision on the final shutdown of power unit No. 1 was made on November 30 1996 of the year, and power unit No. 2 was made on March 15 of the year. 1999 March 29 was adopted by the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine No. 2000 “On the early termination of the operation of the power unit No. 598 and the final closure of the Chernobyl NPP”.

15 December 2000 on 13: 17 by order of the President of Ukraine during the teleconference broadcast of the Chernobyl NPP - the National Palace “Ukraine” by turning the emergency protection key (AZ-5) the reactor of the 3 unit of the Chernobyl NPP was permanently stopped. The station has stopped generating electricity.


One of the sights of these places, large catfish, which can be fed, pre-cooked several loaves of bread.


Near the sarcophagus there is a monument to the Heroes, professionals - those who protected the world from nuclear calamity.


Swimming pool “Azure”.






Nature gradually absorbs the city, trees and shrubs grow from asphalt.


Secondary school number 3.



School buffet.



For a long time I have not seen such cash registers.

City where time has stopped


In the canteen, a graveyard of gas masks.



A bottle of kefir.


Our motto: State means mine!




In the music class.


There is a pile of textbooks lying around.



In geography class





The textbook of the Russian language, from year to year, passed from hand to hand and taught us, that year was the last for a thousand books.


Party tables, for which no one will sit.


A deserted school corridor, in which there will never again be a merry childish noise of change.


A shop on which lovers will never sit.


Sixteen-story house, on the roof of the emblem of the USSR installed.


We go in the entrance, to climb to the roof and see the panorama of the “dead city”.


All apartments are empty, there is no furniture and things, only occasionally there are broken, useless pieces of furniture.


It is hard to imagine that a person, having worked all his life for the improvement of his house, lost everything in a flash, and he had to leave, leaving everything acquired, together with his dreams of a good future, with the motto: “State means mine!” To nowhere . And even harder to imagine that this is not one person, and not one family, but entire cities.


On the horizon you can see the previously classified object called “Chernobyl 2”, the over-the-horizon radar “Duga”. This huge antenna was the pride of the Soviet Union, it allowed to detect the launch of intercontinental ballistic missiles in the United States even when starting engines.


From a burning reactor, a cloud was formed that spread various radioactive materials around the Earth. The largest fallouts were in the territories of the Soviet Union: Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.


Beyond the horizon Belarus.


Looking at the panorama of the city, it is not even believed that it is empty, and no one lives in it.




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  1. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk 7 October 2012 09: 10
    To say the least, creepy landscapes ....
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 7 October 2012 15: 07
      Normal, now this can be found throughout the territory of the former USSR, only the background in Pripyat is 6 times higher than the norm, and even then only in places, the asphalt is washed, but the lawns are fading.
  2. wolland
    wolland 7 October 2012 09: 27
    To people who have suffered all the sorrow of this time, it is not easy to this day, it is a pain of the entire USSR.
  3. B000
    B000 7 October 2012 10: 15
    But it was a fairly progressive and promising city. Sorry...
  4. in reserve
    in reserve 7 October 2012 10: 22
    I wonder how the Japanese restored Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima and Nagasaki these days.
    1. with
      with 7 October 2012 10: 55
      Suggest to repeat ???
      1. Ascetic
        Ascetic 7 October 2012 12: 14
        Quote: met
        Suggest to repeat ???

        No, it’s better to compete first, so that they don’t have a desire to repeat.

        1. with
          with 7 October 2012 12: 51
          Quote: Ascetic

          No, it’s better to compete first, so that they don’t have a desire to repeat.

          I agree!))
          How is the business trip ???
          While you did not have time to grab bans, so not quite up to date with all things !!! hi
          1. Ascetic
            Ascetic 7 October 2012 13: 15
            Quote: met
            While you did not have time to grab bans, so not quite up to date with all things !!!

            Yesterday my friend asked you on this issue in a comment on an article On the wounded Syrian city and shameless Turkish provocation. reading your selfless polemic with the guys from the Promised Land

            My webpage

            Okay, stop the flood. a fair amount of humor will not hurt if not to the detriment of the rest. Good luck And without bans!
            1. with
              with 7 October 2012 13: 37
              Quote: Ascetic
              Yesterday my friend asked you about this in a comment

              I didn’t see you, and now the weak opponent has gone, "And the Nymph, wherever she is in the swing, is this a commodity?"!!)))
              But it's nice that you notice !! good
              Quote: Ascetic
              Okay, stop the flood. a fair amount of humor will not hurt if not to the detriment of the rest.

              I agree, but in such articles as without flooding ???))) request
              Quote: Ascetic
              Good luck And without bans!

              PCA! drinks hi
    2. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 7 October 2012 15: 09
      Well, you compared, in Japan they blown up at 45, and in Chernobyl just recently blown up, 86 years old, then another 40 years will pass and it will be possible to start recovering.
      1. Ascetic
        Ascetic 7 October 2012 15: 25
        Quote: cth; fyn
        Well, you compared, in Japan they blown up at 45, and in Chernobyl just recently blown up, 86 years old, then another 40 years will pass and it will be possible to start recovering.

        Nuclear energy expert, editor-in-chief of Atominfo, Alexander Uvarov, believes that in the matter of reclamation of "dirty lands" everything depends on money.
        Hundreds of millions of dollars are needed to clean up such a huge territory, even the same 30-kilometer zone. In Ukraine today there is a lot of free, unused land. They will not be engaged in the costly business of reclamation of Chernobyl lands "

        "What to do with the huge mass of contaminated land? It must be stored somewhere, significant funds must be spent on it. Therefore, I believe that the Ukrainian authorities will continue to discuss the transformation of the exclusion zone itself into a radioactive waste storage facility,"
        1. cth; fyn
          cth; fyn 8 October 2012 11: 38
          and in the future to discuss the transformation of the exclusion zone itself into a storage facility for radioactive waste

          And they did not think about the future of the country? Okay, I understand everything, I need money, but don’t go down to the same degree! It’s dangerous to live even near the most modern storage facility, but in Ukraine I don’t think that there will be something nano-high-tech and super secure, so that it already smells of betrayal of our own people.
    3. igordok
      igordok 7 October 2012 17: 53
      They didn’t restore anything, nature restored it.
      1. The mass of the active substance in the A-bomb in comparison with the Chernobyl reactor is small.
      2. An atomic explosion is small in time, therefore, secondary radiation is minimal.
      3. In an atomic explosion, short-lived radioisotopes occur.
    4. crazyrom
      crazyrom 7 October 2012 21: 51
      Quote: in stock
      I wonder how the Japanese restored Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima and Nagasaki these days.

      Have you seen a map of Japan? This is a blot in the ocean, and there 85% of the earth is a mountain where you can’t live. They just have nowhere to live, that’s where they live in the ashes. We have enough territory, fortunately, there is no need to keep people in the radioactive territory. This is how it will disappear, maybe Pripyat will be settled again, because the place itself is good, the infrastructure there is not from scratch, and the nuclear power plant is semi-finished, it needs to be corrected and then served.
    5. fagot
      fagot 8 October 2012 04: 08
      I wonder how the Japanese restored Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima and Nagasaki these days. [/ B
      In Chernobyl, the amount of radioactive releases was two orders of magnitude higher than in Hiroshima.
  5. beech
    beech 7 October 2012 10: 24
    familiar places, I remember how in the stalker I ran along the Pripyat)))
    1. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 7 October 2012 15: 11
      Yes, we must pay tribute to the game if it were not for the stalker to forget about the Chernobyl problem, and so she raised it and threw fresh heads.
      1. Sanches
        Sanches 7 October 2012 20: 56
        even a whole genre in literature appeared on this topic
        1. cth; fyn
          cth; fyn 8 October 2012 11: 39
          And not only science fiction, but also books dedicated to the tragedy of 86, for example: "Chernobyl, Pripyat is nowhere else", "Chernobyl Comedy" By the way, all the books in the stalker series, and not only, can be found on the website: http: // stalker-book. com /
    2. NickitaDembelnulsa
      NickitaDembelnulsa 8 October 2012 04: 53
      Oh, there were times! STALKER ....
  6. Imperial
    Imperial 7 October 2012 11: 09
    Eternal memory to all liquidators who have left us. And to those who live in good health.
  7. bastard
    bastard 7 October 2012 11: 23
    in reserve,
    They used about a kilogram of uranium and plutonium, but how much is it in the reactor?
    1. in reserve
      in reserve 7 October 2012 12: 00
      It’s clear that it’s not a kilogram. The Japanese simply do not have much land, there is no superfluous.
      1. nikoli25
        nikoli25 7 October 2012 12: 41
        plus they did not go through the collapse of their state
      2. psdf
        psdf 8 October 2012 21: 07
        As always, the economy drives. It is cheaper for the Japanese to carry out a complete decontamination, since the spread was relatively small.
        It is cheaper for Ukraine to use other lands, and leave the infected for "time decontamination".
  8. admiral993
    admiral993 7 October 2012 13: 19
    I saw the second part of the report from Pripyat on the author's blog. A good 70% of the comments there "I want to see live" =)))
    And it’s not terribly terrible for me from these places, but inside there is some strange feeling, similar to sadness + anxiety.
    God forbid anyone else to survive such a catastrophe!
  9. gregor6549
    gregor6549 7 October 2012 13: 43
    T. Gorbachev for one concealment of the Chernobyl accident had to be suspended in one place directly above the damaged Chernobyl reactor. If anyone remembers, then on the May holidays there were 4 days off and many people from cities such as Kiev, Minsk, etc. went to those places to visit their relatives, to swim in Pripyat and the Dnieper, to relax, And at this time at the local stations was already panic and people fled from there like the plague. My colleague from Minsk also went with the whole family to his parents in Narovlya (which is about 20 km from Pripyat). As a result of the "rest", the whole family grabbed a decent dose of radiation, and his 15-year-old daughter died a year later from leukemia. And there are thousands of such cases, not to mention hundreds of thousands of those who cheerfully marched at the May Day demonstrations, unaware that the dust and everything else around is already radioactive. Moreover, in the summer of that year, a mass evacuation of the population of many regions of Belarus, Ukraine and Russia was being prepared, when there was a danger of melting the bottom of the reactor and getting all the molten mass that was inside the reactor into the cooling pool below it,
    Thank God metro builders managed to break through the tunnel to this basin, pump out water from there and strengthen the bottom of the reactor. But they were also silent about this. And when the Union collapsed then about the Chernobyl tragedy and generally tried to forget how to forget about the thousands of people affected by the accident (liquidators, evacuated, etc.). Moreover, they did not have money to help. For example, in the middle of the 90x, Lukashenko announced that there was nothing terrible in the Chernobyl zone and that it was quite possible to live there. And dozens, if not hundreds of families, now live in abandoned radioactive villages, nowhere to go. Meanwhile, the concrete shelter above the reactor is cracking and crumbling. It will be difficult to say what will happen when it crumbles.
    1. Uncle
      Uncle 8 October 2012 22: 58
      Quote: gregor6549
      T. Gorbachev for one concealment of the Chernobyl accident had to be suspended in one place directly above the Chernobyl accident reactor. If anyone remembers

      I remember serving urgent in Lviv, demobilization in June. Humpbacked is a coward, Shcherbitsky is a man, he knew everything, but stood on the podium when the demonstration was on. Died a year later, Gorbach, the sky still smokes.
  10. sablezub81
    sablezub81 7 October 2012 14: 31
    Quote: in stock
    I wonder how the Japanese restored Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Hiroshima and Nagasaki these days.

    The "Malysh" bomb, dropped on Hiroshima, contained 64 kg of uranium, of which only about 700 g fission reaction occurred, the level of contamination of the area could not be significant, although it posed a serious danger to the population. For comparison: at the time of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the reactor core there were several tons of fission products and transuranium elements of various radioactive isotopes accumulated during reactor operation.
  11. cth; fyn
    cth; fyn 7 October 2012 15: 27
    The site organizes excursions (1 and 2 days), there are also a lot of materials and documents on the site, as well as stories of eyewitnesses and liquidators. The site’s asset is trying to ensure that Pripyat is recognized as a museum city and taken under protection. Many photographs, more than 10 thousand people from all over the world about Pripyat, Chernobyl NPP and ChZO.
    I advise everyone who is seriously interested in the Chernobyl problem.

    A completely unique photograph of "Woodpecker", I say, there is a lot of interesting things.
  12. rdragon
    rdragon 7 October 2012 21: 09
    1) My former soldier is now serving at a border post in the exclusion zone. According to him, 85% of the territory of the zone now have a level of infection 5-6 times less than in Kiev (they measured for fun). Those places in which the level exceeds the norm, according to him, are practically visible to the naked eye.
    2) The radioactive materials that were used in the reactor, as well as those that were created as a result of the explosion, have a completely different decay time than those used in Malysh and Tolstyak, so the question of impossibility of recovery is controversial.
    3) who are interested in the topic, I recommend the book "Myths of Chernobyl" by Sergei Pereslegin, ed. Yauza, Moscow, 2006, the causes and consequences of the accident are revealed and what it led to.
    1. Prometey
      Prometey 7 October 2012 23: 25
      Quote: rdragon
      The radioactive materials used in the reactor, as well as those that were created as a result of the explosion, have a completely different decay time than those used in Malysh and Tolstyak

      All right. the difference in the principle of the explosion in the reactor and in the bomb. I am not an expert on this issue, but I attended one conference where a specialist in nuclear energy spoke. In an atomic bomb, the principle of action is such that most of the energy of the explosion goes to the shock wave, and the smallest residual part, a by-product, falls into the radioactive contamination of the area. In an explosion in a reactor, the situation is different. There cotton (explosion) just throws all the bullshit out. As a rule, iodine 131 and strontium-90 is infected with isotopes, with the latter being one of the most long-lived radionuclides with a long half-life. Strontium quickly accumulates in the soil and makes the area life-threatening. And do not forget that the atomic bomb is detonated at a certain distance above the ground in order to enhance the effect of the shock wave, which also reduces the radioactive contamination of the area, unless, of course, it immediately rains.
      1. Dark warrior
        Dark warrior 13 October 2012 00: 15
        We were told that the atomic bomb is designed to "clear" the territory and subsequent occupation. And atomic disasters, of course, are not planned at all and are not calculated for anything, so there can be anything and clearly worse (at least in terms of time) intentional atomic strikes ...
    2. cth; fyn
      cth; fyn 8 October 2012 11: 45
      Well ... I don’t know about 5-6 times, but at Dityatka checkpoint it’s only 8 μR / h, and in Kiev about 12 μR / h.
  13. Raiven
    Raiven 7 October 2012 23: 10
    And some who wanted to do this with the whole Union
  14. VadimSt
    VadimSt 8 October 2012 03: 49
    Quote: rdragon
    so that the issue of impossibility of recovery is controversial.

    Not only controversial, but also quite profitable (over 2500 sq. Km.). By the time of the possibility of doing business, I think many will be surprised that these lands have long been "grasped". Neighboring Belarus, during this time, returned to economic activity more than a third of the previously alienated lands.
  15. wolland
    wolland 8 October 2012 08: 16
    The dumping of atomic bobma on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was much earlier, plus the wrong nuclear potential, the Americans tried, so to speak, tested yao.
  16. elenagromova
    elenagromova 8 October 2012 11: 31
    How everything is familiar ....

    Silent city. Death and silence.
    But it seems that somewhere life is lurking.
    Five-story gray wall,
    Blind windows sad eye sockets ...

    And here - the kindergarten once rustled
    And the funny kids ran.
    And now - the facade is showered,
    Scattered in the dust of toys, books.

    The cafe is no longer served wine,
    And no one will be cured in the hospital.
    There is no movie in the cinema
    And there is no one else to learn in school.

    But there is a magic machine
    From our transcendental childhood:
    Throw a coin - pour lemonade.
    No, do not pour - do not even hope.

    Forever froze the clock,
    It is now always in the eighties.
    As before, clouds in heaven,
    As before - and sunrises, and sunsets.

    And the streets are overgrown with grass,
    Where we go - eternal tourists.
    Perhaps we are risking our heads,
    Though it seems - here the air is even clean.

    Trees grow through the silence of the days.
    Only here and there the dosimeter will go off the scale ...
    Here hips are the largest,
    What in our world ... The sun on top spar ...

    I've seen in life - the expanse of the steppes
    Endless seas, plains, mountains.
    I am again among smiles and people
    But before my eyes - again the silent city.

    What will happen? Will it completely collapse?
    Resurrect after atomic calvary?
    A sun crown shines above it,
    Like then - before the disaster.
  17. wax
    wax 8 October 2012 12: 16
    Very non-trivial look, I recommend reading:
  18. sprut
    sprut 8 October 2012 21: 54
    Apocalyptic landscape ...
  19. not good
    not good 9 October 2012 00: 55
    Friend Belarus, he calls for a hunt just there, I told him what about radiation, and he told me what radiation, there are such wild boars
  20. d5v5s5
    d5v5s5 10 October 2012 14: 38
    And radiation, with catfish and greenery, takes its course (.
  21. Trevis
    Trevis 11 October 2012 18: 53
    Another bit of good photos

    1. Alex 241
      Alex 241 11 October 2012 18: 56
      In the bottom photo, the over-the-horizon ARC radar
  22. Trevis
    Trevis 11 October 2012 19: 17
    This site has a lot of information about the Chernobyl Zone.
  23. Trevis
    Trevis 11 October 2012 20: 54
    Interestingly, ISU-152 was used during the liquidation.

    Here is more detailed

  24. Dark warrior
    Dark warrior 13 October 2012 00: 07
    A legendary place ... And what is there unhindered access?
  25. Oleg14774
    Oleg14774 13 October 2012 06: 43
    I saw the over-the-horizon radar station and wondered if Chernobyl was the site of an "accidental" accident. Proceeding from the fact that it was with a humpbacked one, you begin to think that the accident at the HOUR is also his handiwork, I am not talking about it, but indirectly.
    1. tarks
      tarks 13 October 2012 23: 31
      over-the-air radar. I, too (and not only me) repeatedly had such an idea.
  26. banz
    banz 13 October 2012 13: 43
    A scary place. My father is a liquidator, alive, but his health is badly damaged. He told me only some positive stories about Chernobyl, but once said that they ran to the OZK on the roof of the reactor to dump graphite.