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“For many veterans of Chernobyl, serving as a liquidator was the most important moment of our lives.”<br />
— Oleg Veklenko, liquidator and graphic designer <br />
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The Energiya Plus gas station is at the edge of Ivankiv, the last city before the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Ivankiv, population 11,900, is a quiet city. There’s not much work here. And beyond the city is very little save small farming villages, forests, and marshes stretching to the border and beyond.<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:  11/2008    File#:  Canon 5D digital camera frame 52871 <br />
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“For many veterans of Chernobyl, serving as a liquidator was the most important moment of our lives.”
— Oleg Veklenko, liquidator and graphic designer

The Energiya Plus gas station is at the edge of Ivankiv, the last city before the Chernobyl exclusion zone. Ivankiv, population 11,900, is a quiet city. There’s not much work here. And beyond the city is very little save small farming villages, forests, and marshes stretching to the border and...
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