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'Chernobyl' shows how mass mobilizations saved Europe and doomed the Soviet Union

By admin / Published on Monday, 23 Sep 2019 17:57 PM / No Comments / 540 views

The HBO miniseries “Chernobyl” about the 1986 Soviet nuclear disaster has won over viewers, critics and Emmy award voters. It swept up 10 Emmys, including outstanding limited series, and was nominated for nine more.

Despite taking some dramatic licenses, the show accurately portrays everyday life under communism in the Soviet Union, the gory effects of severe radiation poisoning and the massive cleanup efforts after one of the 20th century’s biggest environmental disasters. It’s also a master class about government deceit.

I used to conduct research about communist mass mobilizations. Now I focus on how governments and charities respond to disasters. So, of course, I watched “Chernobyl” with great interest and appreciate the window it opens into the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet state.