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Unhappy with HBO’s ‘Chernobyl,’ Russia is
planning its own series — blaming the CIA

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Posted By: StormCnter, 6/7/2019 1:11:26 PM

HBO’s recent miniseries “Chernobyl” has become another hit for the premium network, pulling in critical praise and triggering a global conversation about the dramatic 1986 nuclear disaster at a Soviet Union reactor in a region now recognized as Ukraine. The binge-worthy five-episode series recently jumped to the top of IMDb’s all-time rankings of television shows with a 9.7 average score out of 10, nudging aside longtime favorites like “Breaking Bad,” “Planet Earth” and “The Wire,” Variety reported on Wednesday. Despite the glowing international reception, there’s one place the series has not gone over well: Russia, specifically in the power corridors of the Kremlin.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: vwlarry 6/7/2019 1:19:50 PM (No. 92791)
This grimly riveting production SHOULD rile up the Russian guvmint. It brilliantly illustrates the deceitful and paranoiac nature of Russia's political "leaders" from bottom to the very top. It didn't even spare the beknighted Gorbachev. He is seen just as small minded and uncaring as all the rest.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rumblehog 6/7/2019 2:35:40 PM (No. 92832)
There were some incredibly brave men involved in bringing that horrific situation under control both on ground and in air. Many of those men died from extreme radiation poisoning and their heroic efforts should never be swept under the rug, or forgotten. They did the best they could with the hand they were dealt.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: galbaccr 6/7/2019 4:01:30 PM (No. 92889)
If the CIA was at fault, then why, about a year after the Chernobyl disaster, were there dozens of Russian Nuclear engineers visiting my company here in the USA. They were attending seminars on "containment" something they had scoffed at previously, saying Russians were so smart, they didn't need containment. Various groups of them were in the halls, cafeteria and obviously, the conference rooms in our building. I'm not certain just what they were told, but being in computers doing various systems (mostly supply chain) for reactors, I was required to attend a seminar some years before that included information about containment. People doing related computer systems were expected to understand at least general information and terminology about reactors where I worked. That's where I first heard that Russians were building reactors without any of the US safety measures. Smart Russians? Sure!
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Reply 4 - Posted by: LC Chihuahua 6/7/2019 4:21:57 PM (No. 92903)
I remember seeing pictures of the ghost town around Chernobyl. Did anything like that happen at Three Mile Island or Fukushima? Its obvious that Chernobyl was worse than the others because of the poor design and workmanship.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: red1066 6/7/2019 7:37:18 PM (No. 93022)
Russia can't possibly be upset over the portrayal of heroic citizens who knowing it would be certain death went in to stop an even larger disaster and suffered greatly. However, that the central committee sent those people in with little to no protection from radiation might be why Russia is unhappy about the program. They are made to appear uncaring and more worried about how they appear to the rest of the world.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: anniebc 6/8/2019 7:08:24 AM (No. 93266)
So, who exactly does Russia expect to watch its propaganda of events? Then again, HBO will probably air it. "Chernobyl" is so not like them.
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