Disinfo: The Chernobyl series targets the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant


Western countries continue the ideological and cultural struggle against Belarus and Russia. Recent releases of The Death of Stalin movie and of the Chernobyl series are not accidental. The latter aims to target the construction of the Belarusian nuclear power plant by Russian company Rosatom.


This is a conspiracy consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin narratives about the Chernobyl series as a Western plot, the West’s anti-Belarusian and anti-Russian activities.

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 the UK in early May 2019 and was acclaimed by critics. It is based for a 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 propagandist agenda behind the series as alleged by this article.

See other recent disinformation cases alleging that the goal of the "Chernobyl" series is to discredit the Belarusian power plant, Soviet legacy, Belarus-Russia relations, and Rosatom's image.

Read more about pro-Kremlin disinformation based on the Chernobyl series here.


  • Reported in: Issue 155
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/06/2019
  • Language/target audience: Belarusian
  • Country: Russia, Belarus
  • Keywords: Military, West, Anti-Russian, Conspiracy
  • Outlet: Sputnik Belarus time 08:10 - 11:05


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