Chernobyl: The Disaster That Brought Down The Soviet Union In Color
On April 26, 1986, an explosion began, nuclear fallout emanating from the infamous city of Chernobyl that would rock the Soviet Union to its core. The after-effects of that incident would have incredibly long-lasting impacts across the globe. The aftermath of the plant’s meltdown also triggered the end of the Soviet Union. The Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev would later say Chernobyl, “even more than my launch of perestroika, was perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union five years later.” The Soviet Union also completely mishandled the response to the cataclysmic event that would see tens of thousands eventually die due to nuclear radiation.