How did the censorship work after the Chernobyl accident? What exactly was classified? Sergey Parashyn, a party secretary and deputy director at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant explained why, despite the threat of radiation, a May Day demonstration was held and why, in his opinion, the discovery of information was one of the reasons for the collapse of the USSR.
Tetyana Larina who worked as a scientific observer for the Radio-Telegraphic Agency of Ukraine (RATU, now Ukrinform) and covered the Chernobyl NPP topic long before the accident, speaks about her work in the reactor area immediately after the disaster and tells how little was really known about the radiation pollution at that time.
"Chernobyl Accident. Secret" is the latest in Hromadske's English-language series "Beyond East and West" in partnership with LSE Arena, a programme based at the Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics and Political Science.
"Beyond East and West" is a research project exploring Ukrainians’ connection to and understanding of their nation’s history. As part of this project we are producing a series of videos on history and analysing the response of audiences across Ukraine.