“Apartments of Chernobyl.” What does this phrase mean, what associations it cause in your mind?
Unlike the fully resettled and long abandoned Pripyat, where only the laundry is operating now, the city of Chernobyl is partly residential – workers live there – liquidators who undertake the construction of a new Chernobyl containment structure and totally eliminate the consequences of the accident. In the city there are also old abandoned sectors, consisting mainly of the private sector. Since 1986, only the wind of emptiness walks there.
A private residence near downtown. According to the type of road surface, this was a busy city street.
There has been no glass in the windows for a long time.
The ruins inside the house. Rain and time have done their jobs.
In one of the rooms there is a dismantled floor – apparently liquidators used the planks on some jobs. In the corner – a heavy brick oven. It will stand long after the last wall of the house has fallen down.
This house is less lucky. Time ground away at the rafters and the roof collapsed into the building. In a few more years, winds and rains will destroy the shingles and plaster, and only the house foundation will be barely visible through the maple and fern thickets.
This house is very well preserved. The brickwork above the windows and the layout of the premises indicates a century-old building.
Inside the building. The corridor.
Chernobyl’s old apartment was spacious and comfortable, with spacious rooms and high ceilings.
The living-room with central heating.
The bedroom. In the morning it was in a shadow.
In Chernobyl, there are not only abandoned houses which are visited only by wind and the occasional tourists. The city has populated blocks in which the liquidators live. As a rule, it has more modern blocks with apartment buildings, called “Khrushchev”.
The typical courtyard of a residential block in Chernobyl looks like this – absolutely peacefully and uneventfully
The yard is clean and well maintained. Unlike ordinary yards in small Belarusian and Ukrainian towns, it features with a small number of automobiles and an unusually large number of people in green camouflage – the casual clothes of liquidators.
inside the building, where the liquidators are living.
An old military dosimeter.
All the kitchen furniture, the tables and chairs – everything, was there in 1986, nothing new has been purchased since that time. On one of the lockers is an old TV in a wooden case – it is very possible that it was brought here from Pripyat.
An old lamp.
All dorm furnishings are listed here on this inventory sheet that hangs outside one of the rooms.
The corridor. This apartment has three living rooms, in each of which resides 2 or 3 people.
Each of the liquidators has his own desk and bed.
“Responsible for fire safety.”
The dosimeter shows that everything is clear.
The floor in the corridor.