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  • April 27, 1986

    Untitled notice on levels of radiation in Chernobyl NPP and steps taken in response

    The document refers to the level of radiation in the area affected and the measures undertaken for planned evacuations.

  • April 27, 1986

    P.P. Volkov's Report to the Central Committee of Ukrainian Communist Party

    Evacuation order received at 20.00 on April 26, vehicle columns sent from Kiev to Chernobyl at 23.25, containing 1125 buses and 250 lorries, arriving at 4.00 on April 27. Evacuation of Pripyat began at 13.30 on April 27.

  • April 27, 1986

    I. Gladush, Minister of the Interior, to the Central Committee of the Ukrainian Communist Party

    A narrative account of the Chernobyl accident that describes the activities of Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukrainian SSR (MVD) and security services in liquidating the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and preparing Pripyat's evacuation.

  • April 28, 1986

    Untitled report by Lt. Col. V.P. Alekseyev and Major V.D. Kohan on Radiation Levels

    Info on radiactive fallout, and that Kiev is currently safe and being observed by experts, while Pripyat has 30-160 micro roentgens/sec, and Rivne Oblast has 820 micro roentgens per hour. From emergency 91 hospitalized people sent to Moscow, and 54 to Kiev and Kiev Oblast.

  • April 29, 1986

    Telegram Sent from 6th Clinical Hospital, Moscow, to Vera Sergeyevna Toptunovoa

    A telegram Leonid Toptunov sent to his mother with the address of the hospital in Moscow where he was located.

  • April 29, 1986

    A. Serdyuk, 'Some First Priority Questions in connection with the Situation in the Region of the Chernobyl AEhS'

    The report covers the issue of radiactive fallout following the accident, evacuation procedure, and number of hospitalized.

  • April 30, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    This document relays data received from chemical protection troops on radioactivity levels in Pripyat.

  • April 30, 1986

    Seventh Directorate of the MIA of the USSR to the Minister of Internal Affairs of the Ukrainian SSR, Colonel-General Gladush I.D., 'Report on the Results of the Study of Public Opinion in connection with the Accident at the Chernobyl AEhS'

    The report notifies the MIA about the public opinion and rumors regarding the Chernobyl accident in several Ukraininan cities.

  • April 30, 1986

    Deputy Minister of Health to the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR, 'Concerning Measures being carried out to Provide Medical Aid to the Population during the Elimination of the Consequences of the Accident at Chernobyl AEhS'

    Kasyanenko writes about the gamma radiation levels in Kiev, Kiev Oblast and other regions of Ukraine. In the end he suggest sanitation and decide on the issue of informing the public.

  • May, 1986

    Radiation Conditions in Kyiv, Borodianka, Polesskoe, and Ivankov

    This undated report shows levels of radioactivity of air and water in Kyiv, Borodyanka, Polyesskoe, and Ivankov

  • May, 1986

    Background Radiation in the Institute of Atomic Research of the Ukr. SSR Academy of Sciences

    The paper shows a graph of background radiation levels from April 30th-May 2nd, 1986 within the IAR in Kyiv.

  • May 02, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    The document describes levels of radiation in the immediate area, populations which may have been affected, and steps which have been taken in the first few days following the incident.

  • May 03, 1986

    Deputy Head of the 6th Department of the KGB Administration Lieut. Col. Aksenov, 'Notice of Emergency Incident'

    This note explains the processes of localizing the effects of the accident, lead deposits in the area, and the evacuation of collective farms and the city of Chernobyl.

  • May 06, 1986

    Ministry of State Security (Stasi), 'Report on Development and Achieved State of Work Regarding Early Recognition of Adversarial Attack and Surprise Intentions (Complex RYAN)'

    This report by Ministry of State Security describes developments and achievements toward early recognition of a surprise nuclear missile attack on the USSR (Complex RYAN).

  • May 07, 1986

    Minutes of Meeting of the Operative Group of the Kiev Party City Committee Office, 7 May 1986

    This document details the various forms of radiation protection undertaken in and around the city of Kiev following the Chernobyl disaster.

  • May 08, 1986

    Notice: Information from Places of Evacuation

    Two weeks after the accident, an unnamed KGB officer from the Ukrainian SSR reports on the situation in evacuation sites, the sentiment of local people, the situation in transportation hubs and at key industrial facilities in Kyiv, as well as about the measures taken to prevent foreign journalists from gathering information about the case.

  • May 12, 1986

    Untitled notice on public attitudes toward the Chernobyl accident

    The document lists public responses to Chernobyl, citing a Ukrainian professor who attributed the accident to a Russian desire to exterminate Ukrainians, former members of underground Ukrainian Nationalist movements (OUN) expressing sympathy to those affected, and how several truck drivers refused to drive in area of the plant, choosing to quit their jobs instead.

  • May 16, 1986

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

    Conversation between the Secretary of the CC CPSU A.N. Yakovlev with the Secretary of the CC KWP Hwang Jang-yeop

  • May 21, 1986

    VCh Message from Moscow, dated 18:20, 21 May 1986

    Sent by Deputy Minister Shchepin, the telegram states that those who are under observation for radiation exposure, but who do not show signs of serious radiation sickness, will be discharged with a diagnosis of “vegetative-vascular dystonia”. Those who have been diagnosed with radiation poisoning of higher degrees will be given the diagnosis “serious radiation sickness from associated exposure to radiation” with notes on its level of severity and specific details of complications, including radiation burns.

  • May 23, 1986

    Information about a Meeting of Comrade Erich Honecker with Comrade Song Jian, on 20 May 1986

    Erich Honecker and Song Jian discuss increased cooperation between China and East Germany on matters of science and technology, and recent technological improvements in East Germany. Honecker also provides the East German perspective on the current nuclear situation.