Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe
"On the eve of the closure [of the last operational reactor in the Chernobyl plant], the personnel, dressed in white as usual, put on black arm bands as a sign of sorrow and protest against the decision." - Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe (2018)
The little image is a TV broadcast of the final shutdown.
The Chernobyl disaster called into question the Soviet state, and slowly Ukraine gained independence. You might think after the suffering, Ukrainians would be glad to seal Chernobyl away, but the newly independent economy went into a tail spin and the power produced by Chernobyl couldn't be easily replaced. It was with outside help that Ukraine was eventually able to sustain the closure of the Chernobyl plant in 2000.