Disinfo: The “Chernobyl” series is an example of anti-Soviet propaganda


The main task for HBO’s “Chernobyl” series is to show US citizens that the Soviet Union (and, therefore, modern Russia) is “disgusting evil”.


No evidence given.

This is a disinformation narrative about the Chernobyl accident in 1986 and a pro-Kremlin conspiracy theory about Western Russophobia and anti-Russian sentiments.

Chernobyl is a historical drama television series depicting the nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented clean-up efforts that followed. The series premiered in the US and UK in early May 2019 and was acclaimed by critics. It is based in large part on the recollections of Pripyat locals, as relayed by Belarusian Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich in her book, Voices from Chernobyl. There is no proof of a hidden propagandistic agenda behind the series as alleged by this article.

According to HBO, Chernobyl, a "five-part miniseries co-production from HBO and Sky dramatises the story of the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history — and of the sacrifices made to save Europe from unimaginable disaster".

For more information about Russia's reaction to the series, see here.


  • Reported in: Issue 154
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, US
  • Keywords: Ukraine, USSR, Propaganda, Anti-Russian, Chernobyl, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Regnum, Ren.TV
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