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Ukraine. Viktor Bryukhanov, the first director of the Chernobyl power plant, is dead

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Viktor Bryukhanov, the first director of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, is dead. Bryukhanov ran the plant for 16 years – until the explosion of the fourth reactor in 1986. After the crash, he was released.


Biukhanov died on October 13, he was 84 years old. His death was announced by the team of the Chernobyl power plant, who expressed their sympathy to the relatives of the former director.

Viktor Bryuchanow. Archival photo facebook.com/ChornobylNPP

Sentence and early release

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Bryukhanov headed the Chernobyl power plant since 1970, when it was still under construction. After the explosion of the fourth reactor, he was removed from the station. In 1988, Bryuchanov was sentenced to 10 years in prison for breaking security rules. A few years later he was released early. He continued to work at the power plant as the head of the technical department.

Destruction after the explosion of the fourth reactor USFCRFC

On April 26, 2021, on the 35th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the Security Service of Ukraine released secret documents about the tragedy. Among them was Bryukhanov’s report, drawn up on the day of the crash and addressed to the Soviet leadership. In it he wrote that “the situation in the nearby city of Pripyat is normal and the radiation level is controlled”.

Eliminators of the effects of the explosion USFCRFC

The biggest disaster in the history of nuclear energy

35 years ago, in Chernobyl nuclear power plant there was an accident which turned into the greatest catastrophe in the history of nuclear energy. The explosion of the fourth reactor, which took place on the night of April 25-26, 1986, contaminated parts of the territories of Ukraine and Belarus. Radioactive substances also reached Scandinavia, Central Europe, including Poland, and to the south of the continent – to Greece and Italy.

A view of the destroyed reactor USFCRFC

31 people died directly as a result of the Chernobyl disaster and during the rescue operation. According to some studies, as a result of the accident, about 600,000 people around the world have been exposed to an increased dose of radiation.

After the explosion in the vicinity of Chernobyl – within a radius of 30 km from the gym – 120,000 people were displaced. An exclusion zone covering approximately 2,577 square kilometers has been created on this site. It covers the northern regions of the Kiev and Zhytomyr oblasts up to the border between Ukraine and Belarus. People are still banned from settling in the zone around Chernobyl, but “samosels” live there, that is, people who have returned home after the deportation.

The power plant stopped producing energy in 2000.

Chernobyl under a metal domePAP

PAP, hromadske.ua, tvn24.pl

Main photo source: facebook.com/ChornobylNPP

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