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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Cook the Books

#soviet

Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster

Adam Higginbotham

2019

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2019-06-17

"Lies and deception were endemic to the system, trafficked in both directions along the chain of management. Those lower down passed up reports to their superiors packed with falsified statistics and inflated estimates of unmet goals triumphantly reached, unmet quotas heroically exceeded. To protect his own position, each manager relayed the lies upward or compounded them.

...The false account was so endemic that at one point the KGB resorted to turning the cameras of its spy satellites to the Soviet Uzbekistan in an attempt to gather information about the state's own cotton harvest." - Adam Higginbotham, Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World's Greatest Nuclear Disaster (2019)

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