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Instagram influencers slammed for ‘sexy’ selfie photos

Social media influencers have been slammed for snapping sexy selfies in the Chernobyl death zone.

In recent days, snaps of a woman posing half naked in a G-string and a Hazmat suit, and another donning a helmet and white coat inside the nuclear plant control room, have emerged online, The Sun reports.

The Ukrainian site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster has become a hotspot for Instagram influencers to capture the perfect selfie in light of the recent gripping Sky/HBO series Chernobyl.

The series, which recounts the true story of the nuclear power plant’s deadly fallout in 1986, has sparked a tourist boom.

But Craig Mazin, the writer of the series, took to Twitter to condemn tourist selfies.

“If you visit, please remember that a terrible tragedy occurred here,” he tweeted.

Others have criticised those posing for “insensitive” photos that disrespect the history and torment of the people who died or were forced to flee.

Commenters hit back online, describing the photos as “stupid” and “disrespectful in the extreme”.

“People died there in a very horrific way — have some respect,” one person said.

Another follower responded to a photo of Instagram user nz.nik posing with her bra and underwear, saying: “This photo is disrespectful to the people who lost their lives. How insensitive can you be?”

Others said the photos were “opportunistic” and “dumb”.

All that remains since the 1986 catastrophic accident — which saw plumes of radioactive material decimate towns and animals nearby — is a haunting ghost town.


An accident in the early hours of the morning of April 26 in 1986 led to a sudden and unexpected power surge and a series of explosions, which released 400 times more radiation into the atmosphere than the Hiroshima atomic bomb.

More than 100,000 people were forced to flee their homes.

The final death toll caused by the disaster is unknown, and widely disputed. United Nations figures claim as many as 4000 people died as a result of the accident.

There’s no denying the horrifying impact the radiation had on the people living in Pripyat — the city founded in 1970 to serve the Chernobyl power plant.

The areas surrounding the power plant — 350,000 people — weren’t evacuated until 36 hours after the explosion, and in the period since some five million people have been exposed to radiation, living on contaminated land in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.


Bookings in the area are said to be up 40 per cent, according to local travel agencies.

Yuriy Morozov, 42, a tour guide in the area, told The Sun more visitors than ever were flocking to the disaster zone.

“People want to see Chernobyl for themselves after the TV show. They are fascinated,” he said.

A favourite spot for day trippers is an abandoned theme park, which was supposed to open a week after the disaster.

Its giant ferris wheel is silhouetted against grey clouds and bumper cars rust and crumble.

The unsavoury Instagram posts are part of a rise of “dark tourism” which sees tourists visit locations home to a dark past.

Tourists have also reportedly been visiting the dangerous Chernobyl radiation site to party at raves and enjoy group stag dos.

Though radiation levels have been passed safe for short periods inside the Exclusion Zone, hot spots still exist.

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission


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