Viktor Brjuhanov, director of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant at the time of the 1986 disaster, passed away at the age of eighty-four, MTI said on Wednesday in the wake of the nuclear power plant’s press service.
Today, in the eighty-fifth year of his life, Viktor Brjuhanov, the first director of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, died. Staff and company management express their sincere condolences to family members and relatives
The press service wrote on Facebook. The cause and location of his death were not disclosed. The former power plant director lived in Kiev.
Viktor Brjuhanov began working at the power plant in 1970. At first he managed the construction and then shortly until April 1986 he managed the facility. He was relieved of his post following the nuclear power plant disaster on April 26, 1986. Brjuhanov and Chief Engineer Nikolai Fomin were sentenced in July 1988 to 10 years in prison for failing to comply with safety regulations. The former director was released on parole after five years.
One of the worst nuclear power plant disasters in the world to date occurred in the fourth block of the Chernobyl power plant, less than 100 kilometers north of Kiev, in the then Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine. The explosion partially destroyed the reactor core, released large amounts of radioactive material into the air, and covered a cloud of radiation covering much of Europe. Due to the disaster, the entire population, including the residents of Pripyat, was evacuated within a 30-kilometer radius of the power plant. Around the nuclear power plant, this 30-kilometer area, which also extends to Belarus and 60 kilometers to the west, has been classified as a restricted zone.
On April 26, 2021, the Ukrainian National Security Service released secret documents related to the Chernobyl disaster, including Brjuhanov’s first report to the Soviet leadership. In this, the director of the nuclear power plant wrote that the situation is in order in the city of Pripyat and the surrounding areas, and the level of radiation is under control.
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