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WORK
BY ZYSKANDAR A. JAIMOT

CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR PLANT APRIL 26,1986

KIEV THEN USSR NOW UKRAINE REPUBLIC

(TRANSCRIPT/TRANSLATION BY VICTOR M. CHEBRIKOV, FROM FILES IN

KOMITET GOSUNDARSTUENNOI BEZOPASNOSTI - KGB

THE SOVIET STATE SECURITY COMMITTEE)

Voice 1 --- There has been an accident at chihtirih Block...

Voice 2 --- Block 4 - when?

Voice 1 --- Approximate 20 minutes ago...

Voice 2 --- How bad?...

How many injuries?...

Voice 1 --- Fsyoo...

Voice 2 --- All?

You said all?...

Repeat...

Voice 1 --- Yes-All-Everyone in Block 4 is dead or will be...

The bio-robots have disintegrated

They are now just crystalline shapes

We are like witches in motion picture " Wizards of Oz"...

Voice 2 --- Why are you referencing western bourgeois entertainment...

What has movie to do with this serious

but manageable situation?...

Voice 1 --- Because like the Soviet Union - we are melting away...

But this is not a movie!

This is about our deaths

and maybe the end of the Ukraine

for two-thousand years...

Voice 2 --- Your antirevolutionary comments have been noted...

Your statements are kompromat...

Voice 1 --- My statements are not compromising testimony...

They are the truth of what is happening...

Voice 2 --- What are you saying?...

Are you drunk?...

Voice 1 --- No - I wish I was drunk enough not to feel

or realize what we have done to our rodina...

Voice 2 --- So you admit you care about our rodina - our homeland...

Good - now stop your panic...

Voice 1 --- It is not panic - it is a nightmare...

Voice 2 --- How zhahrkuh is it?...

Voice 1 --- How hot is it - dychsihl tisuchee rads maybe more...

Voice 2 --- Repeat - say again...

Voice 1 --- 10,000 rads enough to cook

bone marrow and stomach linings...

Voice 2 --- Impossible - 400 is lethal dose...

Your equipment must be malfunction...

Voice 1 --- We will all soon cease to function...

Voice 2 --- Can we control the tehckuh?...

Voice 1 --- This is not just a leak - you fucking imbecile!...

Voice 2 --- Remember who you are addressing...

Watch your mouth..

Voice 1 --- Or what?

You will ship me off to a terrible place...

Comrade you don't realize -

no where is safe anymore...

Voice 2 --- Your anti-Soviet remarks are being recorded...

Voice 1 --- Good - you can play them over our graves...

Voice 2 --- No more of this defeatism...

Our scientists here tell us to

confine the reactor in concrete...

Call for volunteers...

Voice 1 --- Then you can send them down here to do it...

They (we) will only last 90 seconds

if we go into the reactor control room...

Voice 2 --- Do it from the top of the roof...

Voice 1 --- There is no more roof...

The radioactivity is spewing into the air...

Voice 2 --- Pucheeneetyih!...

Voice 1 --- We can not just "fix it" comrade...

Voice 2 --- You must confine this somehow...

You will all receive The Order of Lenin...

Voice 1 --- The radionucleotides in our bodies

afterwards will vaporize us

along with any medals we wear...

Voice 2 --- This is an order from the Supreme Soviet...

Tell them it is bihzahpahsnuh...

Tell them they will live

to all be generals drunk on free vohtkoo...

Voice 1 --- Yes sure tell them it is "safe"...

It's just that they won't have hair

and they'll be impotent and always sickly...

And we all will be able

to light up the night by just being...

We will follow instructions and build

a concrete sarcophagus for ourselves...

Voice 2 --- You have your orders...

Go get your volunteers...

You are all heroes...

Voice 1 --- And if you dare to bury

what will be left of us -

our souls will melt

all the snows ever after...

Voice 2 --- Transmission kahnehts...

Voice 1 --- Da - it is ended...