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Here’s an old Chernobyl joke: The Americans send a robot to help with cleanup and put it on the roof of reactor three to pick up radioactive debris. It breaks down in five minutes from the radiation. The Japanese send a robot — it lasts 10 minutes. A Russian robot goes up, radiation everywhere, and it just works and works. One hour, two hours — until finally, a commander comes out of his lead-lined hut and yells, “Ivanov! Time for lunch!” Here, a worker crosses the massive central square of the Chernobyl plant in front of the sarcophagus.<br />
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This photograph is part the book of Would You Stay?, by Michael Forster Rothbart, published by TED Books in 2013. The photos come from Forster Rothbart’s two long-term documentary photography projects, After Chernobyl and After Fukushima.<br />
© Michael Forster Rothbart 2007-2013.<br />
www.afterchernobyl.com<br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/2009    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 72782<br />
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Here’s an old Chernobyl joke: The Americans send a robot to help with cleanup and put it on the roof of reactor three to pick up radioactive debris. It breaks down in five minutes from the radiation. The Japanese send a robot — it lasts 10 minutes. A Russian robot goes up, radiation everywhere, and it just works and works. One hour, two hours — until finally, a commander comes out of his lead-lined hut and yells, “Ivanov! Time for lunch!” Here, a worker crosses...
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