Chernobyl (2019)
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Vichnaya Pamyat 

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Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.


Johan Renck


Craig Mazin, Craig Mazin (created by)





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Douggie McMeekin ... Yuvchenko
Jamie Sives ... Sitnikov
Michael Socha ... Mikhail
Adam Nagaitis ... Vasily Ignatenko
Jan Ricica ... Oksana's Kid
Laura Elphinstone ... Oksana
Jessie Buckley ... Lyudmilla Ignatenko
Paul Ritter ... Anatoly Dyatlov
Adrian Rawlins ... Nikolai Fomin
Con O'Neill ... Viktor Bryukhanov
Simonas Dovidauskas Simonas Dovidauskas ... KGB Driver
Jared Harris ... Valery Legasov
Alan Williams ... KGB Chairman Charkov
Emily Watson ... Ulana Khomyuk
Stellan Skarsgård ... Boris Shcherbina


Valery, Boris and Ulana risk their lives and reputations to expose the truth about Chernobyl.

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Release Date:

3 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is Ukrainian for "Memory Eternal". It is a chant intoned during Orthodox Christian church services of varying kinds. In the Eastern Orthodox church it is chanted on the Sunday of Orthodoxy, for all the deceased Orthodox Christians. See more »


The early scene stating that is in Moscow is actually in Kiev, Ukraine, looking down at one of the main historic areas on Khreshchatyk street. See more »


[last lines]
Valery Legasov: To be a scientist is to be naive. We are so focused on our search for the truth we fail to consider how few actually want us to find it. But it is always there whether we see it or not, whether we choose to or not. The truth doesn't care about our needs or wants, it doesn't care about our governments, our ideologies, our religions. It will lie in wait for all time. And this, at last, is the gift of Chernobyl. Where I once would fear the cost of truth, now I only ask: What is the ...
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Vechnaya Pamyat (Memory Eternal)
Performed by Homin Lviv Municipal Choir
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Sadly our lies incur more debt to the truth than ever
4 June 2019 | by suleymanacikkanSee all my reviews

"Every lie we tell incurs a debt to the truth.Sooner or later that debt is paid"

I believe this will be the most striking quote from Chernobyl. Despite having the least action and indirectly addressing casualties, this episode was the most disheartening. Sequence of Pryp'yat' images and narrative in the end with Vichnaya Pamyat (Soundtrack) evoke macabre memories.

However, what is more depressing is ; as humans our recent lies seem to be incurring more debts to the truth than ever. This trend is not likely to decline. Will we take overdue steps for salvation or will we keep telling lies? I naively hope for the former.

I commend everyone who took part in any stage of the production with utmost respect. I genuinely believe that anyone who watched the series gained an elevated level of awareness and it is priceless!

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