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In Death and the Penguin, Viktor interviewed a politician who, among other things, boasted about his trips to Chernobyl (even knowing that he was a reporter). Given that that was illegal, would it be normal for a government official to say, or was he just unusually reckless?

Viktor does casually mention purchasing, and the two of them consuming, a bottle of Finnish vodka; did he do that specifically to try to manipulate him into such damaging admissions? (He also admits to, for example, having a mistress who is part of the National Opera).

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    I found this chapter in Ukrainian in internet "був комсоргом курсу в університеті... він похвалився своїми поїздками до Чорнобиля. При цьому, схоже, Чорнобиль позитивно вплинув на його потенцію". I don't see why it cannot be that he was several times in Chernobyl in 1986 or later - legally, to participate in rescue (or how to name it?) operations
    – Andra
    Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 18:12
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    @Andra That's a definite possibility - if they were legal trips to participate in rescue or cleanup efforts, that would actually make a lot more sense of why he'd openly brag about it to a reporter. Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 22:07

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