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21 April 2021, 17:55

Minsk to run exhibition to mark Chernobyl's 35th anniversary

MINSK, 21 April (BelTA) - The exhibition project "The Abandoned Land" dedicated to the 35th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will open at the National Historical Museum in Minsk on 26 April, BelTA learned from the museum.

At 01.23.47 on 26 April 1986, an accident occurred at the fourth power unit of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, 12km from the southern border of Belarus, which completely destroyed the reactor and became the largest nuclear power plant in history. "Numerous photos and archival materials will tell about the accident, its consequences for Belarus, relief efforts and reconstruction, about the fate of people whose lives were connected with Chernobyl," the organizers said.

Findings of ethnographic expeditions of the Art, Ethnography and Folklore Institute of the National Academy of Sciences in the 1990s across the regions affected by the accident will demonstrate everyday life and culture of the villages that do not exist today.

The exhibition will showcase the photographs of the flora and fauna of the Polesye State Radiation and Environmental Reserve, which is home to rare and endangered species.

"The exhibition will also comprise the works of artists Georgy Poplavsky, Viktor Shmatov and Sergei Davidovich-Zosin," the museum said.

The project has been prepared jointly with the Belarusian news agency BelTA, the Museum of Ancient Belarusian Culture at the Belarusian Culture, Language and Literature Research Center with the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, the Fire and Rescue Museum at the Emergencies Ministry, the National Archives of Belarus, and the Polesye State Radiation and Environmental Reserve.

The exhibition will stay open till 23 May.

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