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Russian TV Series Blames CIA for Chernobyl Nuclear Disaster

A pro-Kremlin Russian TV network is planning to air a mini-series about Chernobyl, one suggesting a CIA saboteur was behind the 1986 Soviet-era nuclear disaster in Ukraine, which left up to a million people exposed to radiation.

The Kremlin was angered by the recent, highly acclaimed HBO five-part mini-series on Chernobyl, which lauded the self-sacrificing bravery of those who battled to contain the fire and mitigate the effects of a reactor meltdown, but also detailed Soviet-era mismanagement, the delayed response and the denial for years by Soviet officials of a design fault.

The officials at the time tried to place the blame for the deadly explosion solely on the mishandling of a test by a handful of incompetent plant managers.

Cast of HBO's Chernobyl miniseries pose for group photo at Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Critics and audiences have placed the show at the top of IMDb’s list of highest-rated television series, ahead even of Game of Thrones, and the mini-series has been praised by historians for its authenticity. But Kremlin partisans, pro-government commentators and newspapers have torn into the HBO mini-series, claiming it tarnishes the image of Russia as a great nuclear power.

The Moscow weekly Argumenty i Fakty dismissed the show as “a caricature and not the truth.” Stanislav Natanzon, an anchor at Russia-24, one of the country’s main news channels, joked, “The only things missing are the bears and accordions!”.


Aliqismet BADALOV,
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12 2019 17:25 -
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