: BBC: The hikers that sneak into Chornobyl

10:26 Apr. 27, 2016

BBC: The hikers that sneak into Chornobyl

A soviet symbol over an abandoned house in the dead town of Prypyat three kilometers from the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, Ukraine, on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013

Backpackers explore areas affected by radioactive fallout 

Years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, the exclusion zone set around the site of the tragedy has become a popular destination for illegal hikers.

Artur Kalmykov has been sneaking into the area for many years. He first visited Chornobyl as a regular tourist, but was so fascinated with its eerie beauty that he felt the urge to come back and see what's hidden away from the eyes of regular visitors.

Reporting by BBC

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