The Chernobyl tragedy happened quarter of a century ago but the zone keeps living its own life.
Everyone knows that the Chernobyl reactor was located on the territory of Ukraine, however it was Belarus that suffered most from the disaster. Today we are going to visit one of the districts of this country contaminated by radionuclides.
The sign reads: “Danger of radiation! No entry!”
The tragedy happened in 1986 but life didn’t stop here.
Most of the people left, but someone refused to be resettled.
Belorussian storks refused to fly away either.
This is what’s remained from the Polish brewery. Its owners had lived here before the revolution.
The whole villages were plundered.
It reads “Industrial warehouse #14”.
These gates survived the Russian revolution, the Soviet Union, WWII, Chernobyl and numerous plunderers.
Lately they more and more speak about the revival of the Chernobyl land. Despite the scepticism of the neighbours they have already started to build new roads, farms, kolkhozes… The infrastructure is being restored, new companies are being created.
The Japanese have come here recently for adopting some experience of how to copy with the aftermath of such a catastrophe.
Maybe this is how our planet looked like before the invasion of humans.
The level of radiation is not too high but you may take some steps aside and it can rise considerably.
The diameter of the poppy is 20 cm (almost eight inches)!
Locals say their water is rather pure here.
It seems you are back in the past! The grannies are sitting on the bench, nibbling sunflower seeds and drinking birch kvass.
There are no signs of civilization: light, gas or plumbing. These people use old stoves and kerosene lamps as 100years ago.
Borsch from the stove and fresh goat’s milk are not worse than pizza and sushi.
All their food is natural except some plutonium, cesium and strontium…But it’s nothing for these grannies – they live up to 80-90 years old.
Terrible Chernobyl radiation does not scare the Colorado beetle.
This granny used to be Miss Bartolomeevka – 1937! Today she continues to work in the garden and milk her goat.
Do you want some really big strawberries?
The local administration is responsible not only for protecting this land from illegal logging, looters and smugglers, they also supervise cemeteries and monuments.
All passing vehicles are inspected for illegal export of fish, game and wood.
Before the tragedy the river Sozh used to be the cleanest river of Europe!
“The alive are endlessly indebted to you.” The graves of the soldiers are taken care of.
Some mutations are not hard to be found.
We’ll come back here in twenty five years more to see that damn strontium is not longer here.