The Chernobyl disaster, which occurred on April 26, 1986, was one of the world's greatest nuclear accidents, and has often been depicted or satirized in cultural media. has received worldwide media attention.


Both Renko and the protagonist of The Dragon follow many of the same behavioral protocols for traveling through irradiated areas demonstrated by real-life travelers through the area (such as Elena Filatova).

  • The VICK award winning novel Party Headquarters by Bulgarian author Georgi Tenev deals with Chernobyl impact on the integrity of the former Communist block in the late 80's. Large episode of the book is set as an exchange of letters between the protagonist and “little unknown Soviet and Ukrainian comrade” describing the catastrophe with significant level of astonishment and paradoxical excitement.


  • The song Kiev by Barclay James Harvest, from their 1987 album Face To Face, was inspired by the disaster, and laments the suffering it caused to the region.[citation needed]
  • The music video for the song What We Made by Example is shot on location at Pripyat, focusing on the some parts of the city that has been greatly affected by the disaster.
  • The german electronic-band Kraftwerk mentiones Chernobyl at the beginning of their 1991-Remix of their song 'Radioactivity'.

Film and televisionEdit

  • In the second-season episode "The Host" of The X-Files, the episode's main antagonist, a mutant creature dubbed "Fluke-Man" is traced to a Russian freighter that was carrying radioactive sewage away from Chernobyl.
  • On September 30, 2009, Destination Truth, a reality television series on Syfy, aired an episode that features a paranormal investigation located at the site.
  • In the film Hot Tub Time Machine, the main characters bring with them to 1986 an energy drink called Chernobly-y, a clear reference to the disaster.
  • In an episode of Married with Children, Al Bundy's men's group are sampling a variety of beers, one of which is supposed to have come from Chernobyl, and has an eyeball in the can.

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  • The Strugatsky brothers' 1972 novel, Roadside Picnic, though it was written before the disaster, turned out to be eerily prophetic in a number of ways. The novel revolves around the site of an alien visitation, around which there is a no man's land referred to as the Zone of alienation, or simply as "The Zone," (a term that was copied when referring to the site of the Chernobyl disaster).
  • The 1979 film adaptation of Roadside Picnic, Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker is likewise considered prophetic in its depiction of "the Zone" after the accident. At the time however, the film was thought to have drawn its visual inspiration from an accident at the Mayak nuclear fuel reprocessing plant, which occurred in 1957.[1]
  • In the art book Drawing and Painting the Undead, a creature known as the Pripyat Beast is described, a horrific amalgam of mutated human and horse bodies fused together and re-animated, zombie fashion by the radiation, that do battle with the unfortunate Soviet cleanup squads, called "Hunters". It supposedly came around because of the Pripyat meltdown that sparked the Chernobyl Incidient.

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