Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

HBO's Miniseries on Chernobyl Disaster Tops on IMDb

HBO's Miniseries on Chernobyl Disaster Tops on IMDb

But the show, which was created, written and executive produced by Craig Mazin, hasn't been received well in Russian Federation - specifically by the Kremlin.

HBO's "Chernobyl", which dramatises one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes due to an explosion in a nuclear plant, has surpassed shows such as "Game of Thrones" and "Breaking Bad" to become IMDb's all-time TV rankings just days after airing.

The Moscow Times went on to say that the HBO series "is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down", since an American station is receiving praise for covering their country's tragedy - which the Russian government has long tried to cover up. The series, which reportedly already shot previous year in Belarus, was partially financed by the Russian Culture Ministry with a grant worth 30 million rubles ($460,000).

It's still debated how many people died due to radiation and long-term health effects as a result of the nuclear accident, with estimates ranging from 4000 to a whopping 90,000. The Soviet government eventually quarantined an area stretching 18 miles in radius from the explosion, creating a radioactive ghost town that stood out as a stark symbol of dark risks of the nuclear age.

Online news outlet Reuters reported that the Chernobyl tours company SoloEast saw an increase of 30% in tourism this May.

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"One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy's intelligence services was present at the station", director Alexei Muradov told the Moscow Times.

Since the show has become a worldwide sensation, it's no surprise that Putin's Russian Federation abhors it. Kremlin is struggling to deal with the fact that an American network was able to bring Chernobyl's story on screen before local media did according to The Moscow Times.

The idea does not match reality.

The Times adds: "The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down".

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