Chernobyl: the 30-year rescue

The cleanup cost an initial $1.5 billion and the site is now administered by Ukraine

26th April, 2016
Chernobyl Pic: Getty

The $15 billion initial cleanup—including the hurried construction of an immense concrete sarcophagus to entomb the radioactive remains—helped destabilise the already wobbly Soviet Union, which broke into 15 countries in 1991.

The site is now administered by Ukraine, which faces a complex challenge: it must manage an engineering marvel that’s been designed to contain Chernobyl’s poisonous remains and deal with the painful economic aftermath, all while negotiating with international creditors to keep the national...

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