Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

“Rassokha” is the storage area for vehicles contaminated by radiation, that were used by liquidators after the accident in Chernobyl’s nuclear power plant. It is located in the 30-kilometer exclusion zone near an abandoned village with the same name.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A BRDM is an armored reconnaissance and patrol vehicle.  It was actively used after the accident. The armor reduced the level of gamma radiation. It  was also equipped with a built-in radiometer. Typically, such vehicles were used for radiation detection and level measurements on the ground.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

It could swim in the water.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A helicopter, MI-6.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

There were 6 such helicopters.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Some dead trucks.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A cabin of an ZIL-157.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A heavy engineering vehicle.
In 1986-1987 these monsters were irreplaceable. The thick armor protected against radiation while they they were cutting down a “Red Forest”.  Many villages were buried by them.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

The remains of a GAZ-66 “Shishiga”

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Some ZIL-131’s

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A path goes to the nearest residential village, from where citizens carried on their illegal business in “Rassokha” for years. They were stealing metal to earn a penny for food and vodka …

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A crane.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Tanks for gasoline.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

A pathway maker “BAT”.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

This is how the storage area looked 20 years ago.

Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl

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9 thoughts on “Radioactively Contaminated Vehicles Storage near Chernobyl”

  1. I had heard that those vehicles were to be unapproachable for at least 250 years because they were so hot from radiation. But it looks like they’ve been scavenged.

    • Most likely it is IMR 1, maybe IMR 2. Check under the Military engineering vehicle, at the bottom of the page in English Wikipedia.

  2. I’m surprised scavengers were able to get large helicopter blades onto the ground without crane! Great pictures.

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