Ukrainian authorities are offering Soviet and foreign tourists a new suggestion: a tour of the radioactive contamination zone around the Chernobyl reactor that blew up in 1986.
According to Sunday's Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper, trips will begin and end with Geiger counter tests to check the visitors' exposure to radiation. If treatment at a radiological medical center is needed, it will be provided "at no extra charge," the newspaper said.The itinerary of the Kievturist tour company will include the city of Chernobyl, a radioactive waste dump at Kopachi and the concrete "sarcophagus" built around the blown-up reactor, the paper said.
Visitors will also see the town of Slavutich, home to thousands of workers who still operate three reactors at the Chernobyl complex.
According to Komsomolskaya Pravda, Ukrainians often say that in Slavutich, "life is good, but short."