Plant workers and firefighters put their lives on the line to control a catastrophic April 1986 explosion at a Soviet nuclear power plant.
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U.S.S.R. Clothes during the Chernobyl Disaster did not look as depicted. Coarse and loose weave materials, poor dye. You could actually figure out which Russians traveled outside of the U.S.S.R. and spent most of their money on Western European Clothes. See more
Throughout this episode, people refer to each other in the form "Comrade-surname," which is inappropriate among colleagues. Dyatlov's subordinates would have called him "Dyatlov" among themselves and "Anatoly Stepanovich" (his first name and patronymic) when addressing him directly, rather than "Comrade Dyatlov," as they do in the episode. Colleagues familiar with one another would have referred to each other either by first name or surname, but also without the use of "comrade," which is an official/bureaucratic form of address. Ironically, when Bryukhanov summons the local Party leadership into an office to figure out what's going on, he refers to them more than once as "gentlemen." Now, if ever there were a time to address a room as "comrades," this would have been it. "Ladies" and "gentlemen" (Russian: "damy" and "gospoda") were terms that had been tossed out of the lexicon upon the establishment of the Soviet regime in the late-1910s/early-1920s for being "bourgeois" and were replaced by "comrades." At a meeting of Communist Party officials, no one would dare address the others as "gentlemen" for fear of appearing politically degenerate. See more
What is the cost of lies? It's not that we'll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all. What can we do then? What else is left to abandon even the hope of truth and content ourselves instead with stories? In these stories, it doesn't matter who the heroes are. All we want to know is: "Who is to blame?"