What is the most anticipated Russian movie of 2020?
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Kogda padali aisty: another interpretation of Chernobyl’s story
Kogda padali aisty (which literally can be translated as “When the storks were falling”) is a moving story about a heroic fireman who worked as one of Chernobyl liquidators. The movie is directed by a well-known Russian actor Danila Kozlovsky. The movie features Danila and other popular actors such as Oxana Akinshina and Ravshana Kurkova, which are loved by the Russian public. The initial release of the movie is scheduled for 8 October 2020 and is eagerly anticipated by the Russian-speaking world.
This is the first large-scale Russian film about the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and people who, at the cost of their lives, managed to prevent a global catastrophe and turn most of the European continent into a gigantic exclusion zone and uninhabited desert.
What do we know about Chernobyl?
The 1986 accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine (then part of the former Soviet Union) is the only accident in the history of commercial nuclear power to cause fatalities from radiation. Thirty-one people died within a few weeks of the accident from the initial steam explosion, exposure to radiation and thermal burns, and one due to cardiac arrest.
In 2018, the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) reported that the accident also was responsible for nearly 20,000 documented cases of thyroid cancer among individuals who were under 18 years of age at the time of the accident in the three affected countries including Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation. This was due to the high levels of radioactive iodine released from the Chernobyl reactor in the early days after the accident. Radioactive iodine was deposited in pastures eaten by cows who then concentrated it in their milk which was subsequently ingested by children. This was further exacerbated by a general iodine deficiency in the local diet causing more of the radioactive iodine to be accumulated in the thyroid.
Currently, the resettlement of areas from which people were relocated is ongoing. In 2011, Chernobyl was officially declared a tourist attraction.
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