Russia to make its own show about Chernobyl that implicates the US


[ Editor’s note: The HBO miniseries Chernobyl has been excellent TV; many of my friends have enjoyed it. However, I found it quite hard to watch, as I have an aversion to lies purporting to be truth. The HBO version sticks closely to the official narrative, that somehow the incompetent, reckless operators caused their RBMK reactor to mysteriously explode, thus releasing a huge amount of radioactive fallout over Europe.

This, of course, is a load of rubbish, nothing of the sort happened. Rather, unknown saboteurs placed a mini nuke below the reactor core and blew it up. Radiation released was minimal, as the core and the fuel were destroyed in the initial plasma ball.

Read Dimitri Khalezov’s essay on the subject, it is highly detailed and contains all the real facts:


Now, the Russians are making their own version of the Chernobyl story, in response to HBO’s attempt; and it will be extremely interesting to see how far towards the whole truth the Russians chose to go, especially if they chose to acknowledge/reveal the use of a mini nuke. Ian ]

Russia to make its own show about Chernobyl that implicates the US

Russian state TV is working on its own version of Chernobyl, a series based on the worst nuclear accident in history.

The NTV drama will deviate from the acclaimed HBO series – and from historical reality – by claiming that the CIA was involved in the disaster.

Director Aleksey Muradov claims it will show “what really happened back then”.

HBO’s miniseries, which concluded on Monday, received the highest ever score for a TV show on IMdB, as well as a 9.1 rating on Russian equivalent Kinopoisk.

But in an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia’s most widely-read tabloid, Mr Muradov said his version of the show “proposes an alternative view on the tragedy in Pripyat“.

“There is a theory that Americans infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” he told the paper. “Many historians do not rule out the possibility that on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy’s intelligence services was working at the station.”

The Hollywood Reporter reports that the Russian culture ministry has contributed 30 million rubles ($463,000; £363,000) to the show.

The No. 4 reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded on 26 April 1986 in the Ukrainian city of Pripyat.

At least 31 people were killed in the immediate aftermath, and the effects continue to be felt to this day.

What did Russia think of HBO’s Chernobyl?

There has been plenty of praise in Russia for the authenticity of Chernobyl.

Izvestia newspaper declared it a more ‘realistic’ portrayal of the era than most Russian films manage. There’s also admiration of how the series conveys the heroism of ordinary people.

But there’s been a crescendo of criticism, too. One columnist declared the show a plot to undermine Russia’s current atomic agency. Others called it American ‘propaganda’, blackening the image of the USSR and exaggerating the callousness of the Soviet response.

No-one disputes that it’s got people talking. They’re been busy sharing their own Chernobyl stories on social media, with younger Russians often hearing them for the first time. So one Twitter user thanked the series for ‘giving us back our history.’

In the end, as one commentator concludes, the main reason for the backlash is likely a feeling of shame that it was the US that told the tale of Chernobyl, not Russia itself.

The show has been particularly unpopular with Russian state TV and the country’s tabloid newspapers.

Speaking to TV website Teleprogramma, columnist Anatoly Wasserman said: “If Anglo-Saxons film something about Russians, it definitely will not correspond to the truth.”

This, he continued, was because “they don’t like us” and “they cannot understand us”.

Komsomolskaya Pravda published several negative articles about the show – including one floating a conspiracy theory that it was produced by competitors of Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear company, to ruin the country’s reputation as a nuclear power.

Image copyright Sky UK/HBO
Image caption The show has been praised for its attention to detail

But reviewers in independent media outlets praised its writer Craig Mazin for his minute attention to detail.

Slava Malamud, a US-based journalist who grew up during the Soviet era in what is now Moldova, wrote on the independent Russian news site Meduza that “the respect and meticulousness the show’s creators brought to their work is breathtaking“.

“Like I see the license plate for a car in one scene has the real numbers for the [Kiev] region,” he said. “Who’s going to notice that in America or England?”

A challenge to rosy views of Russia’s past

Adam Robinson, BBC Monitoring – The world through its media

For the Kremlin, the topic of history is a highly sensitive one – especially about the Soviet Union.

Official media now tend to paint a sanitised, idealised vision of the USSR, and portray Putin’s Russia as its spiritual heir.

This makes it easy to see any critical view of the Soviet past as an attack on the Kremlin’s ideological power base.

It’s a narrative it seeks to completely control and guard from outside influences – particularly from a West it sees as hostile.

Some Russians feel the version of reality offered by Kremlin-controlled media is not entirely unlike the lies told by the Soviet state.

As a result, perhaps the most dangerous idea was the key question running though Chernobyl – what is the cost of lies?


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His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

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  1. Well Gordon,
    As one of our Australian Pollies says, ‘Please explain.’
    Stone appears to get it right more often than not and his site certainly does no favours for the joose.

  2. If the truth was always told … But this is always the custom: what concerns the military, catastrophes and other things – the truths are always hushed up. In the USSR especially. I personally did not see how they laid the nuclear mini-charge in the Chernobyl station. But I can definitely say that this version for 99% of Russians was unknown till now. Of course, this is one of the greatest tragedies and a poem of the courage of all those who participated in the aftermath of the accident. As we say: if they make nails of such people, there would be the strongest nails in the world. Let such catastrophes never happen.

  3. HBO has just become another propaganda organ just like Netflix who ran the Looming Tower of BS by Zionist clown Lawrence Wright.

    I totally agree with Dimitri’s assessment. It had to be a mini nuke since those reactor cores don’t just explode by themselves even when they go supercritical. They melt down and cause what they call the China Syndrome.

  4. The question is if HBO (Home Box Office) were able to cooperate with the Russians to get this right.
    It takes some nerve to go ahead and produce something like that, where every one speaks english, and probably very few Russian actors in there too. If HBO were to make a movie about some American event I might go and see it. But with this I am prejudiced, thinking it’s all fake, even the details being wrong.

  5. Anatoly is spot on. Anglosaxons do tend to make up stories about Russians, and about Slavs in general. Allthough they do it about Latinos, Arabs, Orientals and everyone in general so it is hard to prove it just about Slavs. Surely the nuclear fallouts from Stalin’s testing would score exponentially more Rontgens and not to mention Nagasaki, but none of those were as timed and as geopolitically important as Chernobyl. But what I see as a good development is that the Russians have understood the value of anglosaxon media and informational warfare ever since, as the stuff like HBO have indeed more destructive capabilities than nuclear weapons.

  6. If a government or religion sees the need to lie to it’s own people, in order to keep them following, then it is not worth following.
    The cost of lies, is observable now, where even as children we are taught, each single lie, will require thousands more to keep it going. It snowballs until everything is a lie. So, at some point , it is actually encouraging a completely false sense of reality to encourage or tolerate lies.
    Did you take the cookie ? No (1). Who did ? I don’t know (2). Were you in the kitchen ? No (3). Did you see anyone else ? Anatoly was in here (4). It is childish. There was no man Jesus, and your military and government lie to you every day. The cost of lies, is death of innocence.

    • “There was no man Jesus, … The cost of lies, is death of innocence.” The Crucifixion of Christ was the death of innocence and salvation for those who believe in Him. (Those who deny me I will deny before my Father (Matt. 10:33)

      Among the many who deny Christ we find Lee Strobel who in going out of his way to disprove Christ ever existed wrote a book of his findings: “The Case for Christ.” Then there are the Four Gospels. Historians including Josephus. The Sanhedrin, and just about any number of Jews who unlike you Mr. Odell accept he existed yet damned his name down the generations. On this day, Pentecost Sunday, the Holy Ghost descended on the Apostles forty days after Christ’s ascension. They were all martyred bar John for absolutely no earthly recompense. Ironic that, eh! All Jews! How could it possibly be! But it was and is.

    • There is no evidence to support he existence of Jesus Christ, the bible doesn’t count as it is a fraud that had been altered and rewritten countless times. The gospels especially, are of no value as evidence and only one of the four is an original work – the other three are mere plagiarisms of it with some added material to make them appear to be original. Of course, Christians are in deep denial and refuse to face the facts, if they did, this silly Christ myth would evaporate.

    • As soon as anyone says, “believe this or die” I check the bank accounts. They are full to the brim. They have fingers and teeth and even organs of dead saints they parade around bragging they do not decompose. I say where is the body of Jesus, surely that didn’t decompose. he ascended. Oh, ok. But he still needs money and it is our job to keep managing it for him until he comes back. This requires smart investment in paintings and antiquities and lavish estates across the globe. Bring me the first preacher who refuses the widows donation.
      This is why the early inventors of the lie, did not want the public to see the Bible. The book itself is the body in the trunk, with blood samples and fingerprints. They needed authority, so the lie was done on the premise, the end justifies the means. The 7 day week also, is the invention of a labor boss. All are financial decisions. And now look and see what else we can get believers to believe…and then set them to the task of demonizing the non-believers. How very convenient. It’s diabolical genius.

  7. There are many (video) reports on the Chernobyl exclusion zone today, e.g. on YT.
    I read Khalezov’s explanation, and by itself it makes sense. But when I compare it with reports like this
    my head becomes a big question mark. So the question is: Are all these animals really radioactive? And what about the many visitors who reportedly bring meters, and then say they go click, click, click … just about everywhere? In other words, what is missing is some real and objective reports from visitors to the ca 1600 square mile exclusion zone.

  8. It is astonishing the levels of success the Chernobyl propaganda achieved back in the days in Europe, (don’t go out when it is raining, don’t dry your clothes on the balcony, the double-headed children are born etc.)..but there were no cell phones, internet, not nearly enough independent media. The outcome was to create another case for dissolving the USSR, and it was quite successful. But today, in the informational age there is no more excuse for believing into lunatic Western anti-Slavic narrative, the one that HBO still predates on, in the Cold War manner. If people decide to behave as the HBO suggests, that is at their own responsibility and ignorance. Mr.Khalezov’s work is very valuable, as still there is no chance of proving the main culprit Legasov even died. There are frequent stories (in Europe) about radiating clouds coming from “Kazakhstan”, picked up by “French scientists” (of course) or that Putin’s spies sleepers are employed at slavic nuclear plants like Krsko in Slovenia. Many people choose to believe in these fallacies, surfing on Chernobyl propaganda, Communist zombies occuring and on present day Eastern Ukraine narrative.

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