Russian Federation is remaking Chernobyl series - where the Americans are at fault

Tourists in the Exclusion Zone take selfies in front of the New Safe Confinement Structure completed in 2017 which covers the fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

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Despite the glowing global reception, there's one place the series has not gone over well: Russian Federation, specifically in the power corridors of the Kremlin.

The TV show about the devastating 1986 nuclear accident, which took place in what is now known as Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), is receiving critical acclaim in the United States and is one of the top-rated shows on IMDB.

However, the Moscow Times has reported a number of Russian media organisations are furious at the portrayal of the event, and that the state-backed TV channel NTV is filming its own version. The series, which reportedly already shot a year ago in Belarus, was partially financed by the Russian Culture Ministry with a grant worth 30 million rubles ($460,000). More than 30 people died in the initial aftermath of the accident, which raged for 10 days, according to the Nuclear Energy Institute. The United Nations has linked almost 20,000 cases of thyroid cancer in patients who were under the age of 18 at the time of the incident.

Columnist Ilya Shepelin explained the real reason for the government's dissatisfaction with the series in The Moscow Times.

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The Russian series' creator, Alexei Muradov, apparently considers it a source of national shame that the American series, created by Craig Mazin, is earning so much praise for its depiction of a historic Russian tragedy. On NTV's version, it will be revealed that "the Central Intelligence Agency sent an agent to the Chernobyl zone to carry out acts of sabotage". The series follows a group of KGB officials working to track down the infiltrator.

The idea does not match reality. The limited series was shot on location in Ukraine and in a partly decommissioned nuclear power plant in Lithuania.

The World Nuclear Association makes it clear that Chernobyl disaster was caused by a mix of faulty reactor design and human error.

"The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down", he wrote this week.

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