SOVIET UNION: Risking Radiation

SOVIET UNION: Risking Radiation

Soviet enterprise has taken a macabre turn: vacation trips to the radioactive ruins of Chernobyl. Kievturist, a Ukrainian tour operator, is organizing excursions to the forbidden zone surrounding the entombed remains of the world's worst nuclear accident. Truly adventurous visitors can tour the massive concrete mound where the wreckage of the reactor is buried, a town built for the workers who cleaned up after the accident and a nuclear-waste dump.

"We want to show people what can happen if they are not careful about the ecology," says Gennadi Blinov, Kievturist's director general. The $4-a-day price tag includes optional radiation scans for...

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