Soviet Union: A Dose of Nuclear Fallout

A Dose of Nuclear Fallout

When the nuclear-power plant at Chernobyl blew, lethal contamination forced the evacuation of 100,000 citizens. But 600 residents told Izvestiya last week that they had not been moved until a week after the accident, after even the livestock had been led to safety. Now, three years later, the supreme soviet of the Byelorussian Republic has suggested that an additional 106,000 people be relocated. If approved by Moscow, this evacuation would confirm suspicions that Soviet officials downplayed the severity of the mishap and grossly underestimated the risk it posed to human life.

Residents of the accident zone have grown increasingly concerned about...

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