After the disaster Ivan and his wife Maria were evacuated to an apartment block near Kiev. Hating the city, within two years they returned to their village just a few miles from the Chernobyl power plant, where they have steadfastly remained ever since. Today in their 80s they share what remains of Paryshiv village with just three other residents.
It was a privilege to meet Ivan and Maria. Ivan in particular seemed to really enjoy the attention, proudly showing off his car (a Zaporozhsky apparrently) even though it hasn’t worked for a number of years.
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Another day we stopped briefly to explore some of the other buildings at far side of the village, abandoned in overgrown scrubland…
As I picked my way through the overgrowth a flash of movement caught my eye… it was this little snake. This is about the best shot I managed to grab before it slithered away (click on the photo for a better view).
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