6 An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Posted on April 24, 2014 by tim

An Illegal trip to Chernobyl exclusion zone becomes more difficult and dangerous. You have to hide from any passing cars on your way there, you need to go at dusk and be sure nobody sees you. But despite of this, some people are eager to go to this place, to see everything with their own eyes and and to feel the atmosphere of the strange. How else would you be able to see the Chernobyl power plant glowing at night, the places where radiation is still way higher than norm and other stuff not accessible for regular tour groups? More inside.


Every trip starts in darkness. Also it is necessary to hide in the forest when the noise of moving car is heard.

“I’m a local citizen… I’ll give you the key from the apartment and you’ll give me a bottle of vodka…. Telephone # “

A tricycle.

The river could be crossed by foot.

Betta and Gamma radiation level was normal in this house. An elk was seen near it.

A fire truck near the “Circle”.

 “Circle” is a Station of back-Ionosphere sounding. This is an auxiliary system for Duga. It looks like two circles with a diameter of 300 meters, consisting of 240 antennas (120 per round). In the center of the circle there is a low one-storey building with reception equipment on the roof of it. It is a central antenna. This is an unique designator for “large” Duga antennas.

Duga-3 (NATO reporting name Steel Yard) was a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from July 1976 to December 1989. Two Duga-3 radars were deployed, one near Chernobyl and Chernihiv, the other in eastern Siberia.

The Duga-3 systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MW in some cases, and broadcast in the shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise at 10 Hz, which led to it being nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker.


This structure is a huge metal mesh antenna height of 150 meters and a length of 800 meters.

A bus for a road workers.

The radiation level became higher 5 times than normal background radiation.

The Cheronobyl power station is illuminated at night.

Protective sarcophagus is being built there.


Swimming-pool “Lazurnui” worked till 1996 for people who worked in the Zone.

This school is in 1986.

Soviet bottle of milk.

V.I. Lenin’s quote ” To study, to study and to study”

Gas masks were a must in every school of the USSR.

A Soviet cash register in the cafeteria.

A patrol car can appear every minute.

The burial “Sandy Plateau”. Radiation on the plateau was kind of high, up to 1500 mR / h on scale.

The amusement park. Ferris wheel were planned to be opened on May 1, 1986….

The hotel

A recreation center.

The railway station Yanov. It is still operating.


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6 Responses to “An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl”

  1. Jason says:

    Sure would like to frisk out that old Soviet poster in the school on page 5. That’s a nice one.

  2. Dowminator says:

    Get out of here S.T.A.L.K.E.R !

  3. zipp says:

    The photography isn’t going to win any awards.

  4. patrick says:

    very interesting. i’d like to do the same in the future, thanks for the article. did you encounter any people? or guards? do you know what the punishment is for trespassing illegally? i found the law, but i can’t read it

    • Sabulan says:

      As i know, the punishment is 4 years in jail, if you take something out of the Zone and trade with it up to 7 years.

  5. Jessica says:

    really cool, thanks for this! Though, how did you manage to sneak in? Was it difficult? And how did you avoid the places contaminated with radiation? did you have one of those devices that measure radiation?

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