35 Years After Chernobyl – What the City of Pripyat Looks Like Today

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The last bastion of communist collaboration, Slavutych, was completed in October 1988, and the first settlers began arriving immediately. The population steadily increased over the following years and throughout the 1990s held the accolades of the richest and youngest city in Ukraine.

Some 15,000 people were still employed by the plant and living in Slavutych when Chernobyl’s last operational reactor was shut down forever on December 15, 2000. Residents of the city protested, fearful of their uncertain economic futures without the steady work supplied by the power plant.