Ukraine promises to turn Chernobyl disaster zone from ‘symbol of corruption' to ‘tourist magnet'
Added 07-10-19 04:37:02pm EST - “Kiev wants to turn the ghostly Chernobyl exclusion zone into a tourist magnet that will become a "symbol of new Ukraine." The plan was unveiled as the EU surrendered control over a new shelter for the destroyed reactor to Kiev.” - Rt.com
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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree, envisioning the “development” of the areas affected by the 1986 Chernobyl disaster on Thursday, radiating a joyous picture of how the site of one of the largest man-made catastrophes will become a tourist attraction.
“The decree will begin the transformation of the exclusion zone into one of the growth points of new Ukraine. First of all, we will create a ‘green corridor’ for tourists and remove any preconditions for corruption,” Zelensky said, while visiting the town of Chernobyl.
“Chernobyl is a unique place on the planet, where nature revives after a world-wide man-made disaster, where there is a real ‘ghost town.’ We have to show this place to the world: scientists, ecologists, historians, tourists.”
Underground tourism in the Chernobyl zone has been a thing for years, despite the area being off-limits and under supposedly strict guard, as corrupt officials have been enabling the niche entertainment for post-apocalypse enthusiasts. Aside from that, the zone has attracted illegal loggers, as well as scrap-metal scavengers, who exported the not-that-safe “goods” elsewhere.
All these issues will be somehow solved by the development program “very soon,” according to Zelensky, and the Chernobyl zone will no longer be the Ukrainian “symbol of corruption.”
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