Conspiracies, Mysteries, and Monsters of Chernobyl

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Duga-3 radar array

Alexandrovich came to the conclusion that the array simply didn’t work, by his assessment because the Aurora Borealis interfered with the signals and mucked everything up. According to him, rather than admit that they had made a costly mistake and wasted billions of dollars on a noisy piece of junk, some of those in the Soviet government who stood to lose the most launched a plan to willingly cause an explosion and reactor meltdown at the Chernobyl plant in order to distract and derail any investigation into Duga-3. Alexandrovich became so convinced of this far-out theory that he made a documentary about it called The Russian Woodpecker, and according to the crew they were plagued by numerous mysterious mishaps during production, such as the shooting of one of them by a sniper while filming and harassment by the Russian secret police. Is there anything to all of this? Did some shady figures in the government cause one of the greatest nuclear disasters mankind has ever seen just because they wanted to cover their mistakes? Like many other good conspiracy theories the answers remain complex and evasive.

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