Kiev - 1986 (Part-3)

Kiev - Chernobyl

     Active decontamination work continued in Kiev. Hundreds of watering machines washed the streets, sidewalks, lawns, bushes, places of mass use.


     Fragment of secret protocol No. 3 of May 7, 1986: "To prohibit prolonged stay of people on beaches, in parks, in places of summer recreation in order to prevent contact of the population with the participation of soil, grass cover, greenery, contaminated with radioactive fallout."


     At the entrances and exits from the capital, dosimetry points were created that checked the cars and their contents. But the “dirty” things of Chernobyl, which were sold in the markets, still leaked into the city.


     The people of Kiev acted as they could: they closed the windows with gauze, passed water through activated charcoal, and did a wet cleaning. Due to this, some witty people gave out "masterpieces", one of them: "Rector number four will ensure cleanliness and order in the apartment."


     For the autumn period, about 120 thousand tons of leaves formed in Kiev, and of course, they were all radioactive. It was decided to take them to a landfill.


     In Kiev, began to provide housing to Chernobyl victims. First of all, the apartments were given to representatives of the Ministry of Atomic Energy and the Ministry of Energy evacuated from the Exclusion Zone. As of December 1986, 7,500 apartments and 1,000 beds in Kiev hostels were issued.


     The Chernobyl accident actually became the beginning of the end of the USSR, the economy of which was already falling apart due to falling oil prices.


     Kiev was not officially recognized as a victim of the Chernobyl disaster.

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