Chernobyl: A Documentary Story by Iurii Shcherbak (auth.)

By Iurii Shcherbak (auth.)

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Even the workers wrote about the utter nepotism there. They were friends, acquaintances. If you criticized one, they would an rush to his defence without trying to get to the bottom of the affair. 'When an ardinary worker makes amistake, he is punished. But when it's the administration, the people at the top, then they get away with it. It got to the point where the administration could avoid exchanging greetings with the 18 CHERNOBYL workers, could talk to them in a condescending manner, could wrong them and offend them.

I thought: that's that, a screw-up. 'At this point lots of engines drove up, and our bosses came. A Volga came from the administration, and cars arrived and drove up from Rozvazhiv and Dymer. I saw Iakubchyk from Dymer, we know each other, he's a driver. " We got into the engine and drove off to the first building; there we were taken into into a room and checked for radiation. " And they just didn't say anything. It was at night. They took us off to a shower room, to get washed. " 'I had leather boots and pants, no waterproof because I was a driver, and an underjacket, robe and protective shirt.

It got to the point where the administration could avoid exchanging greetings with the 18 CHERNOBYL workers, could talk to them in a condescending manner, could wrong them and offend them. Ambitions grew out of a11 proportion. It was like astate within astate. They didn't take into account that people couldn't help but see a11 this ... " Could we refuse? A journalist hasn't the right to be a coward. But you couldn't do anything because it was impossible to name the person. 'When 1 was editor, 1 didn't take material to get approval.

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