Chernobyl liquidators’ deserve better

On April 26, 1986, a reactor at a Ukraine nuclear power plant exploded. Many of the men who were sent in to secure the disaster zone have since died from radiation exposure, but there are some who live in Israel today and are fighting for greater disability rights

By TAL ARIEL AMIR
July 4, 2013 14:27
ILIYA CHAIMOV

ILIYA CHAIMOV521. (photo credit: Courtesy: Asaf Klieger)

 
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Iliya Chaimov still remembers the strange feeling he had as he stepped off the bus with the sealed windows next to Reactor No. 4 in Chernobyl.

His wavy hair fluttered in the slow breeze that was saturated with radiation, as if he were standing in the middle of a hurricane. At that moment, he knew that an intense wave of radioactive fallout was rolling over him, entering his body through his pores and destroying every healthy cell.

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