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Biking Around Chernobyl

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Not me! I found this site a few years ago, and it has moved on occasion, but it is interesting to follow, especially after looking at Bob's links on the Titan II.

http://www.kiddofspeed.com

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I saw a documentary of the aftermath of life there several years ago. It was very interesting and sad. Life goes on but at a major cost.

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That was fascinating. The young lady is a brave photographer and story teller. Thanks Bruce.

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Marvel,

Thanks for the link. Most interesting. The biker almost "takes you there". Definitely eerie.

I've seen some Chernobyl ghost town type pics before, but she tells more of the story of what it would have been like to be near the disaster as it unfolded.

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Unfortunately Elena Filatova has been proven to be a fraud. I have enjoyed the site for many years anyway. It seems Chernobyl has been mostly forgotton. The scope of that disaster is mind boggling.

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from Wikipaedia:

On her website, she posted photographs of her motorcycle and tour trips in the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, 18-21 years after the nuclear disaster there. She visited the virtually abandoned city of Pripyat, Ukraine and a circular area surrounding the 1986 Chernobyl disaster known as the Exclusion Zone.[4]


Filatova took a large number of photographs of Chernobyl-area
buildings, cottages, rusting never-to-be-used Pripyat carnival
equipment, the interiors of disused schools and homes, fire, petrol,
police and government stations, and of people who had since returned to
the area. The photos are arranged in the form of a story presented as
an account of a trip by a biker who travelled alone in the radiation
zone. However, Chernobyl tour guide Yuri Tatarchuk claimed that
Filatova "booked a tour, wore a leather biker jacket and posed for
pictures."[2]



[edit] Criticism and response


Around May 16, 2004,
Filatova posted to her website that she was "being accused that it was
more poetry in this story then reality. I partly accept this
accusation, it still was more reality then poetry"; by May 24 she had removed the note.[5]
On the first page of her KiddofSpeed website there is a dialog embedded
by the owner of her host server pointing out that regardless of whether
or not "poetic license" was taken, the site serves to "remember a forgotten region".

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"fraud" might be a bit harsh, although not necessarily inaccurate. Poetic or literary license would seem to be too "soft", but somewhere in the middle lies a suitable description.

None-the-less, an interseting site/story . . . . . . but i don't think i will be visiting the ruins anytime soon. jmho,ymmv, etc

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Well, here's her pic, from an interview in a biker magazine.

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The "lone biker" might have been faked, but the Chernobyl disaster area wasn't. I was interested in pics of the area.

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Poetic licence is a fair description. The pictures themselves tell a strong story, and the idea of a girl riding alone through the "hot zone" is sort of post-apocalyptic-romantic, without taking it to Road Warrior level, so it works for me.

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