Stop taking selfies at Chernobyl, show's writer urges tourists

Lawrence Kim
Июня 13, 2019

The writer and creator of the critically acclaimed TV miniseries "Chernobyl" on Wednesday asked tourists traveling to Pripyat, Ukraine, and its surroundings to treat it with the "respect for all who suffered and sacrificed" there.

On April 26 1986, a nuclear reactor exploded at the Chernobyl power plant near the Ukranian city of Pripyat. The image of Baessler suited up in hardhat and mask in the control room of the "destroyed unit 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant", contrasted starkly with the bikini and fitness pics she nearly exclusively posts.

31 people were officially recorded by Soviet Russia as killed in the Chernobyl disaster, but estimates for the total number of victims range from 4,000 to 93,000.

He added that bookings for June, July, and August have increased by a further 10 percent since the HBO and Sky Atlantic show premiered.

In a tweet Tuesday, Mazin said that while it's great the HBO show on the subject has inspired people to go to the site in the Ukraine, "If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there".

"But yes, I've seen the photos going around". If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there. The image has garnered comments calling the user, who has 3,922 followers, "repulsive", "disrespectful" and "disgusting".

Another Instagrammer shared a picture of himself posing with his leg in the air in front of a Ferris wheel near the site.

Volunteers have been trying to improve the area by clearing away discarded drinks bottles, plastic bags and rubbish that have come with the increased in tourism, recycling where appropriate.

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