Chernobyl vs. Chernobyl: the series vs. reality

As a true travel fanatic you have probably seen the HBO series 'Chernobyl'. Spectacular, sinister, dark and shockingly realistic. That's how the series was received. In the west, people were generally more positive about it than in Russia. The Russian filmmaker Aleksey Muradov has even claimed that he is going to make a counter-documentary in which 'the truth' comes out. According to him, the CIA was behind the nuclear disaster. In any case, there is no doubt that the series is extremely popular. According to many, the 5 episodes give a fairly realistic representation of what happened in the days, weeks and months around 26 April 1986.

See the sarcophagus of Chernobyl

Last week, the new sarcophagus was pushed over Reactor 3 in Chernobyl. The Dutch company Mammoet was talking about a 'mega-operation'. The sarcophagus is so large that it would easily fit over the Amsterdam Arena or a cathedral. The enormous structure is designed to stop the radiation. It is also used to slowly dismantle the reactor that exploded in 1986.