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Stalkers in Chernobyl: Radioactive exclusion zone plagued by thrill-seekers & looters

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 Cinnamon    27,516

The site of the biggest-ever nuclear disaster would seem like a place to avoid at all costs. But Ukrainian police regularly report catching people sneaking inside the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Some do if for thrills; others want to make some quick cash.

The latest group of Chernobyl trespassers was busted on Saturday. A trio aged between 18 and 23 was caught by a patrol after crossing into the expulsion zone, the police reported, describing them as “extreme tourists.” In mid-November a 21-year-old man from Ukraine and a 20-year-old woman from Russia were likewise caught sneaking in. Three separate groups of thrill-seekers had been busted in mid-October.

Chernobyl, once a byword for the terror experienced millions of people following the 1986 nuclear power plant explosion, has by now become a magnet for the curious. Access to the exclusion zone remains restricted, but most of it has long been safe for brief visits. The exception is the ruin of the plant itself, which is to be covered by a new shelter construction commissioned last year and expected to be finished in the first half of 2018.



People are going in there and picking berries and mushrooms. And they're selling them. Not a good idea! 

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