18 ianuarie 2021

Nikolai Antoshkin, who helped halt Chernobyl disaster, dies at 78


Gen. Nikolai T. Antoshkin, the commander of a perilous helicopter firefighting operation in which he and other pilots braved radiation exposure to contain the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, died Sunday. He was 78. The general died after a “difficult illness,” according to a statement from the speaker of Russia’s Parliament, where he had been a deputy for the ruling party since 2014. The head of the party’s faction in Parliament said Antoshkin had been hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused [...]