Boris Shcherbina, Soviet Chernobyl commission chair

Boris Shcherbina, Soviet Chernobyl commission chair

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Caption: Boris Shcherbina (1919-1990), Deputy Chairman of the Soviet Council of Ministers, speaking at a news conference some 10 days after the Chernobyl disaster of 25-26 April 1986. Shcherbina had been appointed to lead the Soviet commission established to investigate the Chernobyl disaster. Here, he is speaking at a news conference that was providing an update on the situation at the Chernobyl nuclear power station. At this site, on 26 April 1986, the nuclear reaction in Reactor number Four went out of control, leading to meltdown and an explosion. Radioactive fall-out contaminated the surrounding areas, with lighter elements carried large distances across Europe. Photographed at the USSR Foreign Ministry press centre in Moscow, Russia, on 6 May 1986.

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