(Natural News) The 1986 nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power facility — located in modern-day Ukraine which was at that time part of the Soviet Union — killed an estimated 50 people from acute radiation poisoning, possibly another 9,000 from thyroid poisoning due to radiation, and an estimated 125,000 additional people whose lives were shortened due to cancer caused by radiation fallout. (That 125,000 number was released by the Govt. of Ukraine, years later.)
The extreme arrogance and corruption of the USSR in the 1980s fed right into the cover-up and government denial of the nuclear disaster even as it was taking place. The cover-ups continued for days, even weeks, as government lies subjected its own citizens to deadly radiation that could have easily been avoided if only the truth were acknowledged.
The ultimate price was thousands of lives lost while the corrupt bureaucrats of the USSR covered their backs and silenced truth-tellers.