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Ghost Town Remains 25 Years After Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant Disaster

With the anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear accident approaching April 26th, the ghost town Redkova, Ukraine, is one of hundreds of empty towns left in the wake of the accident 25 years ago.

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A villager works the land in the abandoned village of Redkovka. After the Chernobyl explosion in 1986, some 1,000 villagers abandoned their homes in fear of radiation risk, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)
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A villager works the land in the abandoned village of Redkovka. After the Chernobyl explosion in 1986, some 1,000 villagers abandoned their homes in fear of radiation risk, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)

Lida Masanovitz, 74, a former nurse, was born and raised in the now abandoned ghost town of Redkovka. She is now a pensioner earning 1,000 grivnia ($125), (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)
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Lida Masanovitz, 74, a former nurse, was born and raised in the now abandoned ghost town of Redkovka. She is now a pensioner earning 1,000 grivnia ($125), (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)

Ivan Khvostyn, 92, looks out of his window. During the Soviet Union, Khvostyn was a the head of the post office in the now abandoned village of Redkovka, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)
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Ivan Khvostyn, 92, looks out of his window. During the Soviet Union, Khvostyn was a the head of the post office in the now abandoned village of Redkovka, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)

Portraits of Lida and Mikhail Masanovitz. They met in Redkovka and have been married for 50 years, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)
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Portraits of Lida and Mikhail Masanovitz. They met in Redkovka and have been married for 50 years, (VOA - D. Markosian, April 2011)

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