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13 January 2011

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In honour of Chernobyl 25 years on

Chernobyl was my Big Story: it was my life for a while. But it must fascinate any PR. It has it all: crisis communication, reputation management, single-issue campaigners and misleading media reporting.

To satisfy that interest, over the next few months (the 25th anniversary of the disaster is on April 26) I shall share what I’ve learned from my time at Chernobyl and the rest of my 20 years as a PR putting the record straight. There’s much to say. Not only will Chernobyl NPP and its exclusion zones become major tourist attractions this year, the industry is set for a modest global recovery. But I’ll come back to all that. Meanwhile, here’s some pictures highlighting Chernobyl’s iconic status taken (by Richard D North) on a trip I organised in 2006:

Supposed Birth Defect: Chernobyl Museum, Kiev

A birth defect attributed to Chernobyl (perhaps wrongly): Chernobyl Museum, Kiev

Farm horse in Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone

Chernobyl village abandoned house

Slavutych Hospital: in new town built after the disaster

Slavutych Hospital: in the new town built after the disaster

Supposed Birth Defect: Chernobyl Museum, Kiev

A birth defect attributed to Chernobyl (perhaps wrongly): Chernobyl Museum, Kiev

Pripyat: the abandoned City that once housed 30 000

Pripyat: the abandoned City that once housed 30 000

 

Refuseniks Farming illegally in Chernobyl's Exclusion Zone

Chernobyl Exclusion Zone river...

Chernobyl Reactor 4 after it blew its top (this is not by RDN)

The half-completed Unit 5: frozen as was in 1986

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station Canteen, 2006

Model of Inside of Exploded Reactor 4

Abandoned Exclusion Zone House

Abandoned Exclusion Zone house

Chernobyl Nuclear Plant Manager, Mr. Gramotkin, 2006

The Sarcophagus, 2006

The Sarcophagus, 2006

Chernobyl NPP Undamaged Reactor, 2006

Shop at Chernobyl Village serving liquidators and refuseniks

Shop at Chernobyl Village serving liquidators and refuseniks

Inside Chernobyl NPP, 2006

Chernobyl Office Interior, 2006

Fire fighting exhibit Chernobyl Museum Kiev

Fire fighting exhibit Chernobyl Museum Kiev

Slavutych: where Chernobyl's staff live today

Slavutych: where Chernobyl's staff live today

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One response to “In honour of Chernobyl 25 years on”

  1. Jan says:

    I’ve found your postings useful prior to my trip to the Ukraine this year. I am a contemporary art and reportage photographer. I am returning to the Ukraine this year and particularly interested in developing work in Slavutych. If you don’t mind I would like to pick your brains.
    You can see the first postings of my work from Pripyat in my blog, so that it gives you and idea of the type of work I do.
    Thanks
    http://smithjan.com/blog/2011/02/02/chernobyl-25-years-revisited-wanderings-in-pripyat/