A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

People living in this Kiselevka Village in the Mahilyow Region, Belarus, are so accustomed to the words ‘Chernobyl’ and ‘radiation’ that they stopped paying attention to their meaning. They give birth to children, farm and gather together by the evening fire. The 1986 Chernobyl disaster didn’t affect their life style at all.

These photographs were taken before (1980-1982) and after the catastrophe (1990 and 2000) by photographer Alexander Stepanenko whose family, together with other families, still lives in the contaminated area. They say that if they had been told right away about the nuclear accident, they might have moved to another village built for them 30 km away from where they today now but now it is too late.

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster

Location: The Mahilyow Region

via rodinki.newsib.ru

16 thoughts on “A Belorussian Village Before And After The Chernobyl Disaster”

  1. Outstanding – among the best I have seen on ER for the way they capture a sense of time and place. The one of a woman sitting on the cow’s back watching her friend milking is special.

  2. Among the best photos i’ve ever seen! As Maesrobert nicely stated, incredible captures.
    I love the one with a pond and the girl in the background.
    People’s Commissar, just a guess, but i’d say the new ones start with the one where that woman is stumping the radioactive sign in the ground. Beside the obvious message of that particular photo (radioactive from here on), this is where beautiful young women simply disappear in the rest of the photos. =)

  3. I agree. One of bettest photos on ER. Late Soiet Union with its poverty, rooting infrastructure, medieval living conditions. Yet smiled peoples.

  4. I love these photos, and I want to move to Belarussia. Been there few times in transit to Moscow and I love the atmosphere this place has. In my opinnion it may be the last piece of this part of Europe without the craziness of western civilization burden.
    Love you Belarussia!

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