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6 Final Residents of the Buried Village

Final Residents of the Buried Village

Posted on April 25, 2015 by team


This couple managed to “survive” the war, the Chernobyl radiation and Stalin. They are the keepers of the final compound in the resettled village.

Nikolay is making bird houses and hanging them everywhere, he knows which birds will come soon and which ones never returned after the explosion at the Chernobyl NPP.

Nikolay is 80, Sofia is 76. They have been married for 56 years. They live in Rudne-Dudichskaya village, Gomel region, that was bulldozed and buried last year. Contamination level here is 15-40 Ci.

Since 1986 until 1991 clean up crews were working in local villages, but people were still living there, adults were working, children going to school…

Nikolay had been working at a local communication center for 40 years.

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6 Responses to “Final Residents of the Buried Village”

  1. Tshuhna says:

    Well, everybody dies anyway

  2. john says:

    A nice posting,tough people,i wish them well.

  3. George says:

    Tough life. built a small wash house for his wife. What a good husband.

  4. Adolfo Camara says:

    Congratulations to photographer and ER for such emotive contribution.

  5. Mister Twister says:

    Someone ALWAYS survives radiation perfectly healthy.

  6. Cavejohnson says:

    Amazing people

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