The blogger Maxim is a pretty frequent visitor in the Chernobyl exclusion area. “The looters have been there always. First wave was right after the explosion. This first wave was stealing everything – home appliances, carpets, etc etc. Everything people have left in rush of urgent evacuation. The authorities tried to fight those. They have put alarms on all the apartment building lobby doors across Pripyat. Then the armed BRDM (army fighting vehicle) was moving around the city and reacted on the alarm cases. Then the second wave has began in 2000s…”.
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According to Maxim, the next wave of looters started appearing in Chernobyl neighborhoods in 2000s. Those were the metal scrapers mostly. Hunted for steel, copper, aluminum etc. Once the TV episode were aired in 2000s as large trucks were getting loaded with old heating system elements directly from Pripyat. So today Maxim shares his photos which shows the aftermath of the looting in the area. For example on the first picture above its a biggest city’s supermarket. Of course this was looted one of the first, right after the event happened.
And this was a bank branch. Inside of the bank tellers room there are lying two safes, opened.
And one more shop – Maxim says that this is in worst condition – literary nothing left.
And this was a warehouse. The authorities have brought lot of the appliances from the private apartments from around the city. And it was protected till the end of 1990s. Then it was left unguarded but people didn’t want any more such things like those stoves.
And now the apartment buildings. All mailbox are open. All electrical equipment was stolen. Even in late 90s it was like this already.
Maxim says that often you can see near the houses pieces and debris of different things that looters took and were carrying somewhere but later dropped.
If ceilings are burned then it means that looters were waging fire to burn off the plastic covers off the electric wires to get copper filling.
At this place you can see that a few square feet of ceramic tiles were stolen.
The elevator equipment inside of the elevator shaft is pretty intact. Maxim says that’s probably because its hard to get it out of the shaft.
And here were the motors for the elevator – all broken in search of copper.
“Most of the apartments were searched for valuables first by the soldiers who worked in the region, later by marauders”, says the blogger.
“Most of the apartments look like this.”
“Interesting, that some houses have the TV antennas still intact”.
“One switch is stolen another has been left intact”.
Near the scientific center you can see tens of empty racks of old Soviet electronics.
Inside there are tens of such disassembled in search of the elements containing gold and other precious metals.
Empty old Soviet computer racks.
Maxim says that the main problem with this looting was not even the fact of unlawful ownership of the things, but rather that the radioactively polluted stuff went into common use around the country and in Russia.
Thanks a lot Maxim for the photos!