Radiation Pollution Chart, 2006, Chernobyl Nuclear Catastrophe
October 1986, people sent to hoist the Soviet red flag
on the Chernobyl NPP pipe, which is located on the site where the robots could not stand the radiation.
All work on cleaning the roof should be completed before the time when M. Gorbachev was to arrive at the station with a visit. The hoisting of the flag was to indicate the completion of the cleaning work on the roof. Following the instructions of the authorities, three liquidators should have climbed to the top of the vent pipe above the destroyed reactor. They had to walk 78 meters up the spiral staircase, constantly feeling the danger emanating from the destroyed power unit and hoisting a red flag.
Before them, they tried to do this operation twice from a helicopter, but both times the operation was unsuccessful. All the time allotted for hoisting a flag took 9 minutes, since the longer exposure to radiation of such a force could simply kill them. As a reward, at the end of the operation, a team of three people, hoisting the flag on the pipe, received a bottle of Pepsi-Cola and one day off.