Chernobyl is set to become an official tourist attraction, but is it safe?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky no longer wants the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant to be a dark-tourism destination. 

Last week, he announced that he wants it to become a legitimate tourist attraction, saying, “Chernobyl has been a negative part of Ukraine’s brand. The time has come to change this,” according to the BBC and Lonely Planet.  

Interest in Chernobyl and the surrounding ghost town of Pripyat, located near Ukraine’s northern border with Belarus, has spiked 30% since April, when HBO aired its popular, five-part miniseries about the explosion and the Soviet Union’s handling of its aftermath. Tour operators forecast the number of tourists visiting Chernobyl may double this year, reaching 150,000 visitors.

But is Chernobyl ready for the spotlight?

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