By David R. Marples

Chernobyl and Nuclear strength within the USSR supplied the 1st certain account of the Soviet nuclear energy and of the character, influence and results of the Chernobyl (Chornobyl) catastrophe of 28 April 1986. Marples areas the Chornobyl twist of fate in the context of Soviet nuclear improvement. He incorporates a Chornobyl diary, that covers Soviet reporting through the first weeks after the twist of fate; Soviet strength coverage; japanese ecu and Soviet nuclear improvement within the Eighties; issues of safety; and an account of the instant aftermath of the catastrophe and the clean-up operation.

Co-published with the Macmillan Press, London.

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Flames were "raging ... " For three hours Teliatnikov and other firefighters reportedly battled heat, melting asphalt and poisonous fumes, working at times at a height of 71 metres, where the fire was at its most intense. " All the firemen were said to be weil aware of the danger they faced and the extremely high Ievels of radiation had already been monitored by dosimetrics. The fact that Teliatnikov had been brought to a Moscow hospital suggested that he was among the most severely injured, but the article focused on his bravery rather than the injuries he might have sustained.

In addition to industrial safety drawbacks, one has to account for the apparent disregard for safety after the event. If ice cream and fruit vendors were banned from the streets of Kiev on 9 May, as reported in 33 CHERNOBYL AND NUCLEAR POWER IN THE USSR /zvestiia, if schools were closed down on 15 May and children were kept off the streets two weeks after the accident, why was this not the case during the period from (approximately) 26 April to 5 May? Why were the May-Day celebrations in Kiev and the opening leg of the Kiev-Prague bicycle race allowed to take place?

Wages have not been paid on time, clothes have not been allocated, and evacuees' legitimate requests have been ignored. Finding hirnself in Polesskyi raion among subordinates evacuated from Prypiat, A. Shapoval, the subsidiary's chief engineer, was entirely indifferent to the fate of people who found themselves in a difficult position. As a result of tbese deficiencies, Shapoval was expelled from tbe party, while Sichkarenko was strictly reprimanded and bad his party card endorsed by the Prypiat city committee session.

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