43 Pripyat, Black and White

Pripyat, Black and White

Posted on October 20, 2009 by

Pripyat, Chernobyl

Here is a darkly beautiful set of photographs taken in Chernobyl, Ukraine, the sight of the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history.

As these relics have barely been touched in the 23 years since the accident, they provide a rare glimpse of original USSR architecture and artifacts.

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43 Responses to “Pripyat, Black and White”

  1. chris says:

    are those people’s shadows burned into the wall, or graffitti?

    • dars-dm says:

      1st picture (with newspaper): “January 11th 1986. Sport. Where the mastery is being created?”
      Photo with inscription (after a photo with classroom) “Hello, former 2nd comprehensive school students! I had been taught in 4th form by the accident. Regards, Luchinskiy N. M. Call me, I will be glad to hear you”
      An opened book: “…on the Ukrainian Soviet Socialistic Republic”
      A door: “It’s our house and we thould take care of it” and lower: “Private entrance”

    • Anatoliy says:

      Hey Heywood, I am one of these dirty slavs, and certainly can translate some emotional and humanly handwritings which could be seen on the pictures, but afraid this translation – even in plain English words – might happen to be incomprehensible for so brightly educated baboon like you

  2. Taupey says:

    The doll face is classic Pripyat/Chernobyl!

  3. Mr. Rabinovich says:

    Jews build best nuclear reactors.

  4. qewrty says:


  5. PhaeTo says:

    ugh. just trolls and first-ers? boo.

    chris – pretty sure it’s graffiti.

    the ruins look awesome, i want to explore them! its like a more Slavic and radio active-y version of Hashima Island in Japan – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashima_Island

  6. damaja says:

    hey, where are any mention of photographer? does he gave you permission to use his photos?

  7. achtung says:

    What’s so special with these pics??
    Even without atomic radiation, would look the same!!
    Russians lazy and do not care to maintain and keep clean their towns. So many of them just garbage dumps with weathered olde Soviet apartment blocks.

  8. vladi junior says:

    I am not dirty Slav, I am son of dirty ex KGB agent turned Prime Minister… but I can translate pic# http://media.englishrussia.com/pripyat_bw/1_010.jpg for you:

    It says “Children, study your books, exercise your body, eat good food, then die a slow painful death from nuclear reactor meltdown while the State covers up the facts.”

    I wish my daddy was there when it happened, instead of practicing his judo moves on 5 year olds. Maybe then I would have had a normal life. :( Vladi Jr. :(

  9. totenkopf says:


  10. polish jew says:

    how come the calendar in the last picture is from 1984?

    when the meltdown was on April 26th 1986 :?

  11. CONNIE says:

    The pictures had an extreme sense of saddness and beauty to them.

  12. Nancy Drew says:

    achtung and Heywood Jablomie are Mr. Rabinovich, and Mr. Rabinovich is Boris and Boris is the moderator!

    • Finnish Alcoholics Online says:

      Mr. Rabinovich is me!

      • Yuri says:

        ROFLMAO! You need acting lesson, a lot of acting lessons! For years and years! Cause you stink!

      • Taupey says:

        Finnish Alcoholics Oneline is also listed as a Moderator.

        You can try to email the owner –

        englishrussia at gmail dot com


        contact at reitsma dot ru

        His website is posted as – reitsma dot ru

        His name is Pieter Sake Dirk Reitsma
        For those who would like to google his name.

  13. The Hardy Boyz says:

    This is some kinda sick Jew game!

  14. Thera says:

    Ahh Pripyat, home sweet home.

  15. D 0.N.1.R. 1.S. says:


    art1cle 19 Aug 05
    prodrobnosti ua

    art1cle 25 Aug 05

  16. Mixas says:

    Is there any letters in that mailbox?

  17. PS3 Gamer says:

    Cool I recognise one building from the CoD4 game.

  18. Rebecca says:

    Love these :) Very sad

  19. Miss me Miss India says:


    Some of these I have seen before, how sad that Russia is so poor and backward.

    • Hitesh says:

      Miss India…You are not from India….You r from Pakistan or United States bcoz Indian and Russians are time tested best friends.

  20. DK13 says:

    Pripyat is better photographed in color. The mix of beautiful, aged colors mixed with the depressing gray looks much cooler..

  21. Sam J. Scott says:

    Prypiat is such a haunting place… definitely one of the scariest on the planet.

  22. TJ says:

    Ochin xorosho!

    I think you meant ‘site’ not ‘sight of the worst’. Although this page is a sight.

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