Paul Ritter and Robert Emms in Chernobyl(Liam Daniel/HBO) The catastrophe was a direct result of official lies.

On the morning of April 28, 1986, an employee of the Forsmark nuclear power plant an hour north of Stockholm was returning from a restroom break when his shoes set off the radiation alarm. Soon klaxons were sounding everywhere. Technicians scoured the plant. No leak.

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