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by Hannah Leitheiser


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Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe

Serhii Plokhy




"He suggested a helicopter flight [for foreign journalists/scientists], but that raised an additional problem. A few miles from the Chernobyl power plant, the Soviets had built a huge radar called Duga. It was one of two installations that made up the core of the anti-ballistic missile early warning system. The radar required a large supply of electricity to operate and was linked by a secret electrical cable to the Chernobyl power plant. The huge radar apparatus, which the Americans called steel works, remained plainly visible from the air. Gorbachev personally ruled on the issue allowing the helicopter inspection. This decision eliminated the possibility that radioactive dust absorbed on the way to Chernobyl and measurements taken at the plant would allow comprehension of the true scope of the disaster." - Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018)