Kyiv’s Chоrnobyl tourism industry gets big boost with worldwide release of miniseries

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Kyiv’s Chоrnobyl* tourism industry gets big boost this week with world wide release of Chernobyl five-part miniseries, writes

“The drama revolves around the brave men and women who sacrificed everything to save Europe from unimaginable disaster, all the while battling a culture of disinformation,” reads a review in the Straits Times of Singapore, where the series starts tomorrow. The Los Times writes of the series, which launches tonight in the US: “Note to viewer: Wear your mouth guard if you’re prone to teeth grinding under stress…It exposes a government paralyzed by its own secrecy while shining a light on the selfless citizens who gave their lives to protect their countrymen – and perhaps the world.”
Chernobyl tours increasingly popular 33 years after the disaster, with half a dozen Kyiv-based compnies offering $100 day tours. “HBO drama or not, the truth remains – Chernobyl happened, and it’s affects are still being felt to this day…Tours to the site, which require your passport, pants, long-sleeved shirts and closed toe shoes, are something that helps make this part of the country’s history tangible,” Breanna Wilson wrote in a Forbes travel article last month: Stop Overlooking Kyiv, Eastern Europe’s Diamond In The Rough.
Separately, “Isotopium: Chernobyl” a new video game based in Prypryat, has drawn 62,615 registrants, according to a Reuters interview with game co-founder Sergey Beskrestnov.

For $9, players can remotely drive tanks about a 180 square meter set in Brovary, blasting out competitors in the search for an energy source calld isotopium. Beskrestnov’s company, Remote Games, plans next to build a game revolving around the colonization of Mars.

*Chornobyl is a Ukrainian city in the restricted Chornobyl Exclusion Zone situated in the Ivankiv Raion of northern Kyiv Oblast, near Ukraine’s border with Belarus. The city was evacuated on 27 April 1986, 30 hours after the Chornobyl disaster at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant which was the most disastrous nuclear accident in history. Today Chornobyl is mostly a ghost town.

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