An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal trip to Chernobyl exclusion zone becomes more difficult and dangerous. You have to hide from any passing cars on your way there, you need to go at dusk and be sure nobody sees you. But despite of this, some people are eager to go to this place, to see everything with their own eyes and and to feel the atmosphere of the strange. How else would you be able to see the Chernobyl power plant glowing at night, the places where radiation is still way higher than norm and other stuff not accessible for regular tour groups? More inside.

 

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Every trip starts in darkness. Also it is necessary to hide in the forest when the noise of moving car is heard.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

“I’m a local citizen… I’ll give you the key from the apartment and you’ll give me a bottle of vodka…. Telephone # “

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A tricycle.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The river could be crossed by foot.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Betta and Gamma radiation level was normal in this house. An elk was seen near it.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A fire truck near the “Circle”.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

 “Circle” is a Station of back-Ionosphere sounding. This is an auxiliary system for Duga. It looks like two circles with a diameter of 300 meters, consisting of 240 antennas (120 per round). In the center of the circle there is a low one-storey building with reception equipment on the roof of it. It is a central antenna. This is an unique designator for “large” Duga antennas.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Duga-3 (NATO reporting name Steel Yard) was a Soviet over-the-horizon (OTH) radar system used as part of the Soviet ABM early-warning network. The system operated from July 1976 to December 1989. Two Duga-3 radars were deployed, one near Chernobyl and Chernihiv, the other in eastern Siberia.

The Duga-3 systems were extremely powerful, over 10 MW in some cases, and broadcast in the shortwave radio bands. They appeared without warning, sounding like a sharp, repetitive tapping noise at 10 Hz, which led to it being nicknamed the Russian Woodpecker.

 

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

This structure is a huge metal mesh antenna height of 150 meters and a length of 800 meters.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A bus for a road workers.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The radiation level became higher 5 times than normal background radiation.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The Cheronobyl power station is illuminated at night.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Protective sarcophagus is being built there.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Pripyat.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Swimming-pool “Lazurnui” worked till 1996 for people who worked in the Zone.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

This school is in 1986.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Soviet bottle of milk.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

V.I. Lenin’s quote ” To study, to study and to study”

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

Gas masks were a must in every school of the USSR.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A Soviet cash register in the cafeteria.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A patrol car can appear every minute.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The burial “Sandy Plateau”. Radiation on the plateau was kind of high, up to 1500 mR / h on scale.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The amusement park. Ferris wheel were planned to be opened on May 1, 1986….

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The hotel

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

A recreation center.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

The railway station Yanov. It is still operating.

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl

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6 thoughts on “An Illegal Trip to Chernobyl”

  1. very interesting. i’d like to do the same in the future, thanks for the article. did you encounter any people? or guards? do you know what the punishment is for trespassing illegally? i found the law, but i can’t read it

    • As i know, the punishment is 4 years in jail, if you take something out of the Zone and trade with it up to 7 years.

  2. really cool, thanks for this! Though, how did you manage to sneak in? Was it difficult? And how did you avoid the places contaminated with radiation? did you have one of those devices that measure radiation?

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