The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” has sparked great interest in countries around the world and made us aware of the risks of a massive nuclear disaster. But this is a fictional movie in its essence. Is it based on real events and characters? How is it possible to distinguish between truth and artistic exaggeration? Natalia Manzurova, a radiobiologist and engineer, worked as a liquidator in the Chernobyl zone from 1987 to 1991. Having been affected by the chronic radiation sickness, she paid dearly for this mission with her health. Natalia Manzurova considered it necessary to share her comments on the series with the public, and her “true and false” commentary to specific features of the miniseries is available for download here: Oct2019ManzurovaCommentsChernobylSeriesEn
Photo of Chernobyl NPP courtesy of Mond, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5443288
Natalia Manzurova’s comments have been edited and translated from Russian into English by Tatiana Kasperski from the Atomic Heritage research team, and from Russian into French by Nadezhda Kutepova.