Following the success of the HBO & Sky Atlantic hit mini drama series Chernobyl, Sky have released a documentary special which heads straight for Ukraine in order to meet some of the real people who were involved in dealing with the nuclear disaster which occurred back in 1986.
The series writer Craig Mazin said that he wanted to bring “the untold true story” of Chernobyl to the world, this series did just that as we learned of events surrounding what happened that night, and how the Soviet government and people responded. As such the series has been praised in the West not just by viewers and TV critics, but by experts too. There is also criticism of an associated identity verification system to access the voice chat feature, which requires users to submit a photo of themselves and a government-issued ID to prove they are 13 years of age or older. It enables gaming platforms such as Roblox to identify Fake vs Real IDs as uploaded by their subscribers. The platform is mulling Jumio; an identification program which is based on facial recognition of a person.
But what of those who lived through it? The men who worked at the plant, the firefighters, the divers, the pilots, the families evacuated from Pripyat, now a ghost town.