Stop taking selfies at Chernobyl, show's writer urges tourists

Esequiel Farfan
Junio 12, 2019

Craig Mazin, writer and producer of the Chernobyl series, is asking tourists heading to the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster to be more respectful.

He also referenced having seen some questionable that photos tourists have posted.

31 people were officially recorded by Soviet Russia as killed in the Chernobyl disaster, but estimates for the total number of victims range from 4,000 to 93,000.

He tweeted on Wednesday: "It's wonderful that #ChernobylHBO has inspired a wave of tourism to the Zone of Exclusion".

"If you visit, please remember that a bad tragedy occurred there. Comport yourselves with respect for all who suffered and sacrificed".

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Although no one is allowed to live in the 2,600 square kilometer (1,000 square mile) zone around the former Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, visiting the city of Chernobyl and the closer town of Pripyat is allowed under tightly controlled conditions with official guides.

Many users have taken to Instagram to comment on the bloggers' and influencers' photos, criticising them for being "insensitive", "disrespectful", and "dumb".

Another Instagrammer shared a picture of himself posing with his leg in the air in front of a Ferris wheel near the site.

Volunteers have been trying to improve the area by clearing away discarded drinks bottles, plastic bags and rubbish that have come with the increased in tourism, recycling where appropriate.

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