Dec 14 2010

POTD: Chernobyl exclusion zone checkpoint

by in Chernobyl Tour 2007, Eastern Europe & the Caucasus, Photo of the Day, Ukraine

chernobyl exclusion zone checkpoint

Yesterday, news outlets reported that you would be allowed to tour the area surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant beginning in 2011. I was a bit surprised by this, considering I had done just that in 2006. According to the Ukrainian government, however, the tour I went on was “illegal” and a “threat to my safety”. If that was the case then, I have to wonder how our bus got through Checkpoint “Dytyatky” (as seen in the above photo), the entrance to the 30km exclusion zone, which was staffed by Ukrainian soldiers who checked our passports against a list of names they had been given. That doesn’t sound too illegal to me…

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