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On 26 April 1986, the Chernobyl Disaster occured, releasing immense quantities of radioactive material for days before it could be contained. It is considered the worst nuclear power plant accident in history: the contamination spread across the former USSR territories and reached even Western Europe. The radiation resulted in lasting pollution of the areas and had a massive impact on the health of people. We investigated this event and wrote blog posts sharing how the memory of this event is contested and remembered: We reveal personal experiences of liquidators, look at today’s perception of the accident in Ukraine and Belarus and set up a Tweetology-Timeline of the nuclear catastrophe and its aftermath.

“People Were Afraid to Shake our Hands”

What does the tragic accident of Chernobyl still means for us today? Elena takes a deeper look into the current impact.

The Shadow of Chernobyl in Ukraine – From Secrets to Facts

After 30 years still, the tragedy of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant shows an impact throughtout the decades.

Tents, Silence and Orange Masks – the Memories of a Chernobyl Liquidator

Thousand of men were conscripted into the Chernobyl area to “liquidate” the released radiation. Vsevolod was one of them and remembers.

The Chernobyl Bird / A Live-Tweet of a Nuclear Disaster

If the Chernobyl Catastrophe happend today - this is how we imagine a Twitter-feed might look like.