Unsealed Soviet archives reveal concealment of pre-disaster Chernobyl power plant

The Kiev-Soviet Union knew that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was dangerous and concealed an emergency there before the 1986 disaster, Ukrainian officials released a document on Monday commemorating the 35th anniversary of the accident. Said.

After a failed safety test at the plant’s fourth reactor in what was then Soviet Ukraine, a cloud of radioactive material from Chernobyl has spread to much of Europe, followed by the worst nuclear disaster in the world.

The Ukrainian KGB (SBU) said in a statement on Monday that radiation was emitted at the factory in 1982, using what the KGB report at the time called “to prevent panic and provocative rumors.” Indicates that it was concealed.

He added that in 1984 the factory had separate “emergency situations”.

“In 1983, Moscow leadership received information that the Chernobyl nuclear power plant was one of the most dangerous nuclear power plants in the Soviet Union due to a lack of safety equipment,” SBU said.

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An aerial photograph of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident, can be seen in April 1986, created a few days after the explosion in Chernobyl, Ukraine. (AP photo)

When French journalists collected water and soil samples from the Chernobyl region after the 1987 accident, KGB exchanged the samples for fake in a special operation, SBU quoted another KGB report.

Thirty-one factory workers and firefighters died shortly after the 1986 disaster, primarily from acute radiation sickness.

Total deaths and long-term health effects remain the subject of intense debate, but thousands later succumbed to radiation-related illnesses such as cancer.

The current government of Kiev is trying to cover up the disaster in the aftermath, emphasizing the failure of Soviet authorities to deal with the accident. An evacuation order from the area was issued only 36 hours after the accident.

“The 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy is reminiscent of how state-sponsored disinformation disinformation disinformation disseminated by the totalitarian Soviet regime poses the greatest man-made disasters in human history,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Matthias Williams