Russia’s response to HBO’s landmark “Chernobyl” miniseries will suggest that the CIA played a crucial and detrimental role in the 1986 nuclear disaster.
Unlike the internationally acclaimed HBO show, Russia’s version, directed by Aleksey (also known as Aleksei) Muradov, will play with the facts of the world’s most devastating nuclear disaster.
The series will follow a KGB counter-intelligence officer and the CIA agent he pursues, as the latter attempts to gain intelligence from the Chernobyl power plant, according to ABC News.
“The hypothesis [about] the interference of Americans in the work of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant,” Muradov told popular Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda. “Many historians do not exclude the fact that on the day of the explosion one of the agents of the enemy intelligence services was working at the station. It has not yet been established whether his activity was connected with the explosion.”
Russia’s Ministry of Culture supports the upcoming series, which has been in the works since at least 2014 but comes on the heels of disdain surrounding HBO’s “Chernobyl.”
Though the nationalist minister of culture, Vladimir Medinsky, enjoyed the show and said his father found it very realistic, the series has been criticized by some Russian outlets for downplaying “the heroism of Soviet emergency workers.” They assert HBO instead put the spotlight on the consequences following the explosion and the Soviet Union’s “failings,” ABC News reported.
Others concede that the current Russian government might take issue with acknowledging authorities’ roles in originally trying to cover up the disaster.
The Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, and resulted in an unconfirmed number of fatalities, though many people suffered from radiation poisoning and related cases of cancer.