10 Apartments of Chernobyl

Apartments of Chernobyl

Posted on May 26, 2014 by tim

“Apartments of Chernobyl.” What does this phrase mean, what associations it cause in your mind?

Unlike the fully resettled and long abandoned Pripyat, where only the laundry is operating now, the city of Chernobyl is partly residential – workers live there – liquidators who undertake the construction of a new Chernobyl containment structure and totally eliminate the consequences of the accident. In the city there are also old abandoned sectors, consisting mainly of the private sector. Since 1986, only the wind of emptiness walks there.

A private residence near downtown. According to the type of road surface, this was a busy city street.

There has been no glass in the windows for a long time.

 The ruins inside the house. Rain and time have done their jobs.

In one of the rooms there is a dismantled floor – apparently liquidators used the planks on some jobs. In the corner – a heavy brick oven. It will stand long after the last wall of the house has fallen down.

This house is less lucky. Time ground away at the rafters and the roof collapsed into the building. In a few more years, winds and rains will destroy the shingles and plaster, and only the house foundation will be barely visible through the maple and fern thickets.

This house is very well preserved. The brickwork above the windows and the layout of the premises indicates a century-old building.

Inside the building. The corridor.

Chernobyl’s old apartment was spacious and comfortable, with spacious rooms and high ceilings.

The living-room with central heating.

The bedroom. In the morning it was in a shadow.

In Chernobyl, there are not only abandoned houses which are visited only by wind and the occasional tourists. The city has populated blocks in which the liquidators live. As a rule, it has more modern blocks with apartment buildings, called “Khrushchev”.

The typical courtyard of a residential block in Chernobyl looks like this – absolutely peacefully and uneventfully

 The yard is clean and well maintained. Unlike ordinary yards in small Belarusian and Ukrainian towns, it features with a small number of automobiles and an unusually large number of people in green camouflage – the casual clothes of liquidators.

inside the building, where the liquidators are living.

An old military dosimeter.

All the kitchen furniture, the tables and chairs – everything, was there in 1986, nothing new has been purchased since that time. On one of the lockers is an old TV in a wooden case – it is very possible that it was brought here from Pripyat.

An old lamp.

A stove.

All dorm furnishings are listed here on this inventory sheet that hangs outside one of the rooms.

The corridor. This apartment has three living rooms, in each of which resides 2 or 3 people.

Each of the liquidators has his own desk and bed.

“Responsible for fire safety.”

The dosimeter shows that everything is clear.

The floor in the corridor.


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10 Responses to “Apartments of Chernobyl”

  1. qgqsdgsq says:

    The authors should improve their English. It’s full of mistakes and thus hard to read.

    • Hugh says:

      So let us know how good your Russian is. Apparently, you can’t even type your own name.
      If you’re not going to say something useful – don’t say anything at all!

    • Maxim Ч. says:

      I’ve got that, so I therefore realize that not everyone on Earth speaks English as a first language, and I don’t demand them to do so.

    • Leah says:

      I actually don’t mind the mistakes and/or choppy English. To me, it makes it more interesting to read! Plus, I love the photos of abandoned places on this site, because there are a lot of captions explaining things, which is hard to find elsewhere (especially if it’s in a country outside of the US).

  2. Itte says:

    Do tell, how they TOTALLY eliminate the consequences of the accident?

  3. javox says:

    very nice post…hope one day could go to visit that place, again everyone know ukraine is not russia, this web is about russia and all the countries who belonged one day to the soviet union =)

  4. Anon says:

    “All the kitchen furniture, the tables and chairs – everything, was there in 1986, nothing new has been purchased since that time.”
    Amongst other things:
    I’m sure the Brita pitcher with its Water Filter System was purchased after 1986. What about that water boiler or that – not rusty at all – tin can on the left of the pitcher. Maybe we could also mention that brand new radiator -circa 1986- just under the window. That flashy blue plastic bottle of household cleaner near the TV does not look 1986 legit either.

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