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Chernobyl Nuclear Accident, Chornobyl, Ukraine: A Resource Guide

Journals and Newspapers

In 1989, the Library began to collect independent newspapers from the Soviet Union that were rapidly appearing as a result of glasnost. The newspapers were not only in Russian, but also in Ukrainian, Belarusian and the languages of the Baltic nations. Addressing many topics previously suppressed by state authorities (e.g. religion), the publications also openly discussed the recent Chernobyl disaster, with a few titles completely devoted to the topic. The Russian language titles in the collection were microfilmed beginning in 2012. Both the hard copies of the newspapers as well as the microfilm can be requested in the European Reading Room.

Several journals and newspapers have been dedicated exclusively to the topic of Chernobyl. The following bibliography includes the Library's holdings information for these materials.


The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links for additional online content are provided when available.


The following relevant titles can be found in this collection: Ekho Chernobylia (Reel 18),Nabat: sotsial'no-ekonomicheskaia gazeta (Reel 55) and Vestnik Chernobylia (Reel 103).