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Viktor Briuhanov, the man who ran the Chernobyl power plant, died at the time of the 1986 disaster

Viktor Briuhanov, who was running the Chernobyl nuclear power plant at the time of the 1986 disaster, died on Wednesday at the age of 84, according to the Russian news agency TASS.

Briuhanov was also responsible for the construction of the plant in the 1970s. And at the time of the 1986 disaster he was director of the plant.

In 1988, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for “breaching safety rules in explosive industries and enterprises”. He was released before serving his full sentence, five years later.

Briuhanov did not acknowledge the scale of the disaster at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor and reported that the reactor was intact and that the radiation level was not dangerous. On April 26, 2021, the Ukrainian authorities declassified Soviet documents about the Chernobyl disaster. Among them is Briuhanov’s first report to the USSR leadership, marked “secret.” According to him, Briuhanov announced that the situation in the city of Pripyat, later abandoned due to radiation, is not serious and that the radiation level is controlled.

Although access to the area is still restricted due to radiation that still affects the city and adjacent region, Chernobyl has seen a significant increase in visitors after HBO aired an art series about the tragedy.

Editor: Adrian Dumitru

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