The village Chistogalovka

Chistogalovka - a missing village

     Chistogalovka - a former village, which is located in the ten kilometer Exclusion Zone. Located 6 kilometers west of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and 22 kilometers from the city of Chernobyl.


     Chistogalovka comes from the phrase "pure halo", which in Old Slavonic means "open space", or "pure open spaces." The village has a rather ancient history, from the time of the Mongol invasion into Russia in the 13th-15th centuries. At the same time, people sought refuge in quiet places, and tried to choose places closer to lakes and rivers. As a result, people found a site surrounded by forests and a lake with a spring - a source of drinking water. Around the lake began to be build houses, and this is the way how Chistogalovka appeared.


     High-quality rocks of clay and sand were found near the village, which were later used for the construction of the Chernobyl NPP. Chistogalovka had its own village council, an eight-year school, a cannery, a library, a branch of the Komsomolets-Polesye state farm and a club where it was possible to play checkers, dominoes, tennis, broadcast films or organize discos. Chistogalovka had its own football team, which was one of the best teams in the region and even in the region.


     After the disaster at the nuclear power plant, the village was at the epicenter of radioactive contamination. Evacuation of residents was carried out only a week after the explosion of the 4th power unit - May 3, 1986. So, 774 residents of the village were evacuated to the village of Yareshki, in Baryshevsky district of the Kiev region. Later, the population was resettled in the village of Gavronschina of the Makarov district in Kiev region.


     The levels of radiation here were so high that the houses were supposed to be literally buried. Almost the whole village was destroyed. To do this, liquidators dug a hole near the house, after which engineering machines (WRI, BAT-2) demolished the house and covered it with earth. From the buildings now there is only an ASKRO post (Automated Radiation Monitoring System), a monument to the unknown soldier and two abandoned houses. Now passing by the former village, you can see the mounds - actually these are buried houses. Such an unusual cemetery. On the graves there are no crosses, but signs of radiation danger, under the ground are not human remains, but houses.


     Also, near the village, in the beginning of the 90s, an experimental scientific testing ground “Chistogalovka” was created. Scientists have used various techniques to reduce radionuclides in agricultural products. The landfill was fenced in order to protect crops from wild animals. Researchers grew oats, corn, potatoes, experimented with fertilizers. Even cows were kept on the range, and there was an experimental apiary. By the end of the 90s, amid funding cuts, the landfill was abandoned. Remains of fences can still be seen in our time.



Excursions to the Chernobyl Zone, the city of Chernobyl, Chernobyl NPP, Pripyat.

     The Chernobyl Zone is very rich in history. In 1986, about 80 settlements were evacuated. Each village of the Polesia Territory has a special appearance, safety and indescribable atmosphere. Our team of professionals in CHERNOBYL ADVENTURE, will not only tell you about these places, but also show you the most secret corners of the restricted area. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone - is the open-air monument (museum). At one point, everything stopped at around April 26th. People resettled, and the objects remained. We invite you to visit these unique objects: Duga-1 radar station for tracking missile launches in the United States during the Cold War; the Jupiter plant in Pripyat, which was rumored to produce not only radio engineering, but also systems for the defense needs of the USSR; the unfinished 5th power unit of the ChNPP; equipment of liquidators and much more.

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