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On April 26, 1986, one of the most devastating nuclear disasters in history occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant near Pripyat, Ukraine. An explosion at Chernobyl's reactor number 4 destroyed the facility's protections against nuclear radiation and sent massive quantities of radioactive fallout into the atmosphere. Was the catastrophe simply a tragic failure of nuclear safety systems? Or did something more than a mere accident happen at Chernobyl?

There was more to Chernobyl than an accident Show more Show less

The official narrative of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl does not tell the whole story.
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American spies sabotaged the reactor

The Cold War was full of espionage and sabotage. Destroying the reactors would have been a way for the United States to hurt the Soviet Union’s infrastructure and reputation. Therefore, American spies are the obvious suspects.
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The history of the U.S.-Soviet Cold War is full of incidents of espionage, sabotage, elaborate intelligence and counter-intelligence schemes, and even proxy wars. In this context, American spies are the obvious suspects in the Chernobyl disaster. The CIA worked actively to infiltrate and undermine Soviet institutions throughout the Cold War, so why not at Chernobyl? The disaster, after all, was a major blow to the Soviet Union's infrastructure, prestige, and international reputation, and presented no risk of harm to the distant United States.

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