National Geographic's George Johnson has this article on nuclear tourism, with tour busses now taking people past the exclusion zone that surrounds Chernobyl. Amusingly, despite the history behind the place, radioactivity is far lower than what you'd get while flying on a plane — and is probably a far safer place than the Russia-Ukraine border right now.
Sixty miles away in Kiev, Ukraine’s capital city, weeks of bloody demonstrations had led in February to the expulsion of the president and the installation of a new government. In response to the upheaval Russia had occupied Crimea, the peninsula that juts from southern Ukraine into the Black Sea. Russian troops were massing on Ukraine’s eastern border. In a crazy way, Chernobyl felt like the safest place to be.
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