Chernobyl is about 80 miles north-west of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital and the third largest city of the former Soviet Union.
The worst ever nuclear disaster occurred in Chernobyl and at the time it sent radioactive clouds across neighboring Belarus, Poland and the Baltic republics all the way to Scandinavia.
Within a few days, the winds carried the radioactive cloud almost over whole of Europe, causing anxiety and fear.
The worst disaster was in Ukraine and Belarus where large doses of radiation went by, and unfortunately stayed there the longest, so the economy of the countries also suffered. In addition, the radioactive compound passed through the territory of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and many Western European countries.
To this day, the land there is abandoned. Thousands of homes and hectares of land … everything is the same as 20 years ago.
Nowadays there are organized tours of the area. These photographs were made by Alexander Vikulov while he was on one of those tours.