“Is this only—a fear of radiation?
Perhaps rather—a fear of wars?
Perhaps—the dread of betrayal,
cowardice, stupidity, lawlessness?
The time has come to sort out
what is radiophobia.
It is—when those who've gone
through the Chernobyl drama
refuse to submit
to the truth meted out by government ministers
— Lyuba Sirota, poet and activist, excerpt from her poem Radiophobia
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