My admiration for these atomic “liquidators” is very sincere and deep for their heroism during Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the world’s worst such catastrophe, that happened thirty years ago on April 26, 1986.
These three men are but a few of the hundreds of thousands that the corrupt, secretive, incompetent soviet government forcefully enlisted in wake of the “cleanup” after reactor N0.4 blew up and contaminated much of Europe. The radioactive isotopes fallout contaminated 80% of Belarus, about 10% of Ukraine, and 3% of Russia however it also landed as far as the Britain and the Scandinavian countries.
Last Tuesday, April 26, 2016, I attended a prayer service for victims of the Chernobyl Disaster that was held at Montreal’s magnificent Marie Queen of the World Cathedral downtown and was lucky to photograph these three brave men who survived the intense radiation from the ruins of reactor No.4. They were invited for this important commemoration by Montreal’s Ukrainian community to share their experiences.
Each of these men was wearing their special medal that they receive from the Gorbachev soviet Russian communist government which you can see pinned on their chests.
The man in the middle later interviewed by CTV National News interviewer for broadcast on the late news program that very night. Apparently, this gentleman although only a short time in Montreal, spoke very good French and his interview was in French later translated into English. The reason I mention this is because apparently they had an interpreter on hand that the Ukrainian community provided and was not needed for the task.
This is my contribution for this week’s WP photo challenge: “ADMIRATION”