The Lab Files

Submitted on 20.03.2021 14:06
A store record from the day of evacuation of Pripyat.
A store record from the day of evacuation of Pripyat.

Sometimes, the small things may tell a very big story. We found this report several years ago in a small staff room in one of the shops in Pripyat. And it gave a sharp feeling.

Submitted on 11.03.2021 11:53
A first-hand experience of a witness of Chernobyl in Japan
Fukushima NPP

Editor's notice: Today is 10 years since events in Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant. This text was written by our teammate, Oleksandr Syrota, in 2012.

Submitted on 01.03.2021 11:17
A journey across the surroundings
Outlands of Chernobyl

When the hard snowing ended and — finally — the roads got less-more cleaned, we got a spontaneous idea to repeat a journey to far surroundings that we made a few years ago.

Submitted on 30.01.2021 14:38
Cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP Phase III
Cooling towers of the Chernobyl NPP Phase III

Cryptic definitions were typical for the Soviet Union, either by security reasons or by ingrained bureaucratic practices.

Submitted on 25.01.2021 23:45
A new book by Michaela Bušovská
Almost Roadside Picnic

Našli sme obchod, a našli sme aj školu, o ktorej sme vedeli... A tu to prišlo.
Logická otázka. Načo sú v škole postele? Keď na chvíľku zabudneme špecifiká socialistického školstva, keď sa aj v sobotu chodilo na vyučovanie...

Submitted on 24.12.2020 13:56
A hundred years old Christmas wish
Postcard from Chernobyl

While checking our archives, we found a Christmas postcard from 1914, and then some more from different years.

Submitted on 10.12.2019 14:25
M. Nazarenko, who made the world-famous shots of alive Pripyat.
M. Nazarenko, who made the world-famous shots of alive Pripyat.

For all his busyness, Mikhail Nazarenko found an opportunity to record life in his beloved city for himself just so.

Submitted on 23.11.2019 21:23
Paintings by Peter Yemets
Bells of Chernobyl

It was 1996, when for the first time I saw few of Peter Yemets’s artworks. There were low-quality reproductions in an article about upcoming anniversary of disaster. That moment it was like opening a window to some underworld.

Submitted on 11.11.2019 17:10
A dim story of the iconic location
Ferris wheel of Pripyat

Located north of the Palace of Culture «Energetik», the amusement park is one of the most iconic places in Chernobyl Exclusion Zone that year over year draws the attention of numerous visitors.

Submitted on 04.09.2018 14:20
A retro-look to dosimetry equipment
Radiometer KDG-1

Back to 70s and beginning of 80s, most of devices were analog-based, and displayed power of the dose using microampermeter with custom dial.

Submitted on 02.09.2018 19:50
A sandbox of the ecological Apocalypse
Red Forest

What is the Chernobyl Zone from the ecologist’s point of view? Before all, it is a forest. And, also rivers and swaps, some open landscapes on the places that used to be agricultural fields.

Submitted on 02.07.2018 20:32
A journey to origins
Painted dome of the Krasno church

These places, located on the left bank of Pripyat river, are quite special. Being clamped between rivers, endless swamps and dense forests, for centuries they were a site for ancient neighbourhoods. As physical access here was obstructed, a traditional, pretty archaic way of life continued here, making these lands an epitome of Chernobyl Polissya culture, still in the focus of interest of ethnographists and adventure seekers.

Submitted on 12.03.2018 21:15
A beginner dosimetrist's guide
Doses, radiation and measurements

In the previous article we looked on overall radiological conditions in Chernobyl Zone. Today we will talk about measurements of radioactivity levels.

Submitted on 11.03.2018 18:40
The world’s strangest train route
Train in Chernobyl Zone

This train in few minutes departs to Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant.  And there is a whole story behind it, making it, probably, the strangest and the most surreal railway route in the world.

Submitted on 11.03.2018 16:40
Understanding a geography of the Zone
Roadside in Chernobyl

Did you know, that many of those who work in the Zone, quite often call the lands outside it "the Great Land"?

Submitted on 11.03.2018 11:40
A short overview
MKS-U dosimeter-radiometer

Probably, you will agree that nearly the first thing one remembers in relation to Chernobyl Zone is radioactivity and radioactive contamination.