Not often we have a chance to find a place in the Chernobyl Zone so well preserved. Decades of looting, tourism and exposure to elements have taken its toll on most buildings in Pripyat and the most popular villages. For this reason I won’t disclose the name or location of this Secondary School where the time has stopped 33 years ago. Maps of the Soviet Republics cover the floor with a thick carpet, history books praise the achievements of the Bolshevik revolution and Lenin’s portraits can be found in every classroom.
It is striking how well equipped even small schools in remote Soviet villages were. The area near Chernobyl was obviously extremely well funded compared to the rest of the country, but physics, geology and chemistry classes like those would be impressive even today in some Western institutions.
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