More on Chernobyl from Elena Filatova – Kid of Speed

Elena Filatova, also known as Kid of Speed, wants to make sure that Chernobyl is not forgotten.

In an interview with Dagens Nyheter, Sweden’s biggest morning paper she was asked, "Why do you devote so much of your life to this catastrophe?"

"Some day those towns and villages will be demolished and I don’t want their memory to disappear. I want to leave a record in images, videos and short stories of how I saw Chernobyl. I am sure, in the future people will appreciate my efforts."

Towns and villages in the radioactive area are already being demolished and photos like Elena’s may soon be the only witness to what existed in 1986. Her Chernobyl Journal has a running account of her efforts to keep the memory of Chernobyl alive.

Elena captured the imaginations of millions of people with her startling photos of the region around Chernobyl in 2004. She later came under attack for claiming that she had ridden a motorcycle through the so-called Dead Zone.

You can judge for yourselves by watching this video  of the Chernobyl region in the vicinity of Polesskoye taken by a pillion passenger on her motorbike. It will give you a flavor of the experience waiting for you on her new website.

She has updated her websites with new high resolution photos and many streaming videos. They are every bit as dramatic as the original Ghost Town photos which I featured in earlier posts.  The site bears this notice:

All Chernobyl relative texts, photos and videos may be freely downloaded, copied, translated and distributed for any appropriate use.

For a comprehensive look at what Elena has assembled, go to her quick navigation page. There is enough material there for hours of fascinated browsing. I plan on ordering her CD and DVD as soon as my PayPal account fills up again.

Many thanks to greyfox for the original link.


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0 Responses to More on Chernobyl from Elena Filatova – Kid of Speed

  1. Leslie says:

    A friend of mine worked with Maryann DeLeo on Chernoybl Heart, a film about children affected by exposure to radiation.

  2. greyfox says:

    Thanks for posting, I too was moved to donate; today is the 20th anniversary of that “experiment” The politics of the nuc industry require a short memory of disasters, those that were i.e. Chernobyl, and those that almost were(eg. 3 Mile and countless minor mishaps)

    The possibility of pounds of Uranium replacing tons of coal is irresistable to the “suits.” The engineers have a small say in the final decisions, and as we have seen are easily blamed for the results of political, economic and bureaucratic decisions. I read last night that President Viktor Yushchenko said Chernobyl should be transformed into a “beacon of hope,” urging that nuclear energy not be feared.

    My fear is not nuclear energy, it is the short sighted people proposing projects with infinite impact.

  3. I wrote a post about that movie, Chernobyl Heart, which you can see here:

    I have watched it several times and it leaves a lasting impression. Harnessing the power of the atom has to be done very carefully. We cannot afford more accidents like Chernobyl.

  4. Thomas Kienast says:

    Thank you for your importent work, Elena.
    with love
    Thomas and Feda

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