Monday, 16 September 2019

People stand on top of a dismantled nuclear reactor during a guided tour to decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. The success of a U.S. television series on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster has made its filming locations in Lithuania an off-beat tourist attraction, but has also renewed the anger and helplessness felt by many of the Lithuanians forced to clean up the contamination. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People look at the former generator hall during a guided tour in decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. The Soviet leadership sent an estimated 7,000 Lithuanians, all but 100 of them male, to Chernobyl in the months and years after the disaster. Many were forced against their will. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

Tour guide Jurgita Norvaisiene points at a red button in the central control room during a guided tour in decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. There they joined others from across the Soviet Union to work on the clean-up without sufficient protection or medication for their exposure to the high levels of radiation. Many now suffer from illnesses and health problems as a result. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People look at the central control room during the guided tour to decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. Lithuania, then part of the Soviet Union, was 450 kilometres from Chernobyl, in Ukraine, also then a Soviet republic. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People walk on top of a dismantled nuclear reactor during a guided tour to decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. The TV series and its critical acclaim are a painful reminder how the Soviet and later Lithuanian governments paid little attention to the workers, former rescuers say. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

People stand on top of a dismantled nuclear reactor during a guided tour to decommissioned Ignalina nuclear power station in Visaginas, Lithuania July 24, 2019. Picture taken July 24, 2019. The workers were issued faulty radiation gauges to track exposure, Kazlauskas said. Many drank local moonshine to relieve stress, despite reports it was produced with radioactive water. "My main health problems were, immediately, the thyroid gland, high blood pressure and teeth falling out," he said. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins