9 Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Posted on June 3, 2014 by tim

“Rassokha” is the storage area for vehicles contaminated by radiation, that were used by liquidators after the accident in Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant. It is located in the 30-kilometer exclusion zone near an abandoned village with the same name.

A BRDM is an armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle.  It was actively used after the accident. The armor reduced the level of gamma radiation. It  was also equipped with a built-in radiometer. Typically, such vehicles were used for radiation detection and level measurements on the ground.

It could swim in the water.

A helicopter, MI-6.

There were 6 such helicopters.

Some dead trucks.

A cabin of an ZIL-157.


A heavy engineering vehicle.
In 1986-1987 these monsters were irreplaceable. The thick armor protected against radiation while they they were cutting down a “Red Forest”.  Many villages were buried by them.

The remains of a GAZ-66 “Shishiga”

Some ZIL-131’s

A path goes to the nearest residential village, from where citizens carried on their illegal business in “Rassokha” for years. They were stealing metal to earn a penny for food and vodka …

A crane.

Tanks for gasoline.

A pathway maker “BAT”.


This is how the storage area looked 20 years ago.


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9 responses to “Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl”

  1. j_pigden says:

    Guess we now know the NBC claims were bogus

  2. I had heard that those vehicles were to be unapproachable for at least 250 years because they were so hot from radiation. But it looks like they’ve been scavenged.

  3. aswer says:

    Who dissasemble this all machines (trucks, helicopters…) and why? It is no more radioactive?

  4. Rafe says:

    Nazi ukrain wants to use these vehicles against their own people

  5. Vod says:

    Firt photo on the second page? What is the name of the vehicle?

    • Darius says:

      Most likely it is IMR 1, maybe IMR 2. Check under the Military engineering vehicle, at the bottom of the page in English Wikipedia.

  6. montanagood4soul says:

    I’m surprised scavengers were able to get large helicopter blades onto the ground without crane! Great pictures.

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