By Piers Paul Read
On twenty sixth April 1986 the nuclear reactor of the fourth unit of the V.I. Lenin power-station at Chernobyl exploded. It was once a disaster of old proportions - many thousands suffered, and persevered to undergo, from the implications. To chronicle this catastrophe and its aftermath, Piers Paul learn interviewed the engineers and operators who have been engaging in the fateful attempt at the evening of twenty fifth April; he talked to the director of the power-station, serving a ten-year sentence for negligence; and he went to the hitherto top-secret institutes as soon as run by means of Beria's Ministry for Medium desktop construction - the Kurchatov Institute, Moscow's clinic No 6, and the once-closed urban of Obninsk. during this account, learn takes benefit of the declassification of nuclear details within the former Soviet Union and the loosening of tongues that the failure of the coup in 1991. He additionally received entry to the trial transcripts, the protocol of the hitherto mystery clinical fee, and different private stories. the result's not just the tale of the disaster, but in addition a parable approximately totalitarianism and its cave in.
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Nor did they wish to alarm their own people about the potential dangers of nuclear power. Thus instructions were given that little about the accident was to appear in the Soviet press. However, the facts were known to those academicians, like Nikolai Dollezhal, who had access to foreign journals, and later in the year, assisted by an economic specialist, Yuri Koryakin, he wrote an article on Soviet nuclear power that was published in the magazine Kommunist. He began with a description of the development of the industry to date and continued with assurances about its safety.
The further I looked into the accident at Chernobyl, the more I came to realize that writing a book on the subject was a task with grave responsibilities. To exaggerate the damaging consequences would confirm fears about nuclear power; to minimize them would not just encourage its development but also implicitly dismiss the pleas for foreign aid made by charitable organizations like the Chernobyl Union, Chernobyl Help or Children of Chernobyl. Ignorant of haematology, immunology and atomic physics, with little knowledge of the peoples and no knowledge of their languages, it seemed at times reckless to pursue my research.
S. Gamanyuk Party secretary Major Teliatnikov Commander of the Pripyat and Chernobyl nuclear power station fire service Lieutenant Pravik Duty officer of the nuclear power station fire service on night of 25–26 April Lieutenant Kibenok Duty officer of the Pripyat fire service on the night of 25–26 April Vitali Leonenko Director of the Hospital Anatoli Ben Surgeon Lubov Kovalevskaya Acting editor of Tribuna Energetica MOSCOW The Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Nikolai Ryzhkov Soviet prime minister (Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR) Yegor Ligachev Secretary of the ideological department Alexander Yakovlev Secretary of the propaganda department Vladimir Marin Head of the nuclear power department Defence and Civil Defence Marshal Akhromeev Chief of the Soviet general staff General Altunin Commander of the Soviet civil defence General Ivanov Second-in-command of the Soviet civil defence Colonel General Pikalov Commander of the chemical troops Ministries and Institutes Efim Slavsky Minister of Medium Machine Building Anatoli Mayorets Minister of Energy and Electrification Armen Abagyan Director of the All-Union Research Institute for Nuclear Power Plant Operation (VNIIAES) Yuri Israel Director of the State Committee of Hydrometeorology The Kurchatov Institute Anatoli Alexandrov Director Valeri Legasov First deputy director Yevgeni Velikhov Deputy director.
Ablaze: Story of Chernobyl by Piers Paul Read