We're all bloody loving the Chernobyl miniseries but Russia isn't a fan. The country's media has criticised the show for its stereotypes and plans to make its own series that insinuates US intelligence meddling played a part in the disaster.
The Moscow Times reports that a number of the country's media outlets have taken umbrage with the fact that Americans are flying the flag for Russia's heroes, while others have called it “a caricature and not the truth.”
Stanislav Natanzo, an anchor of news channel Rossia 24 said, "The only things missing are the bears and accordions!” He went on to say that HBO's series missed the mark by suggesting that the Soviet authorities' failure to own up to mistakes that played a part in the events, pointing to a 1987 article by scientist Valery Legasov that openly criticised Chernobyl.
The article was published, as Natanzo says, but it was initially refused and only published after Legasov took his own life in 1988.
Basically, enough Russian media outlets are shirty about foreigners telling their country's story that Russia is making its own. Interestingly, Russia's series will be based on a CIA agent sent over to sabotage the nuclear power plant.
“One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy’s intelligence services was present at the station,” said director, Alexei Muradov.
You can read more about why we're all confronting the Chernobyl disaster right now, and if that kind of thing floats your boat, this creepy 1950s animation on the horrors of nuclear war will probably hit the spot for you too.