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Chernobyl's ghost town

<p>A child's gas mask and a shoe are seen at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 4, 2011. Belarus, Ukraine and Russia will mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl, the place where the world's worst civil nuclear accident took place, on April 26.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

A child's gas mask and a shoe are seen at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 4, 2011. Belarus, Ukraine and Russia will mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl,...more

A child's gas mask and a shoe are seen at a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, April 4, 2011. Belarus, Ukraine and Russia will mark the 25th anniversary of the nuclear reactor explosion in Chernobyl, the place where the world's worst civil nuclear accident took place, on April 26. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A child gas mask and a doll are seen inside a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

A child gas mask and a doll are seen inside a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A child gas mask and a doll are seen inside a kindergarten in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is seen behind a building decorated with a graffiti in the abandoned city of Prypiat April 4, 2011.  REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is seen behind a building decorated with a graffiti in the abandoned city of Prypiat April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

The sarcophagus covering the damaged fourth reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant is seen behind a building decorated with a graffiti in the abandoned city of Prypiat April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011 (bottom), shows the before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011 (bottom), shows the before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011 (bottom), shows the before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on February 24, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on February 24, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on February 24, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on March 31, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on April 7, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich </p>

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on April 7, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

A combination of images, taken in 1982 and on April 7, 2011, shows before and after view of the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. REUTERS/Vladimir Repik and Gleb Garanich

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<p>An empty swimming pool is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

An empty swimming pool is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

An empty swimming pool is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant April 4, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant March 31, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>An interior view of a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

An interior view of a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

An interior view of a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>A view of an empty sports gym inside a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

A view of an empty sports gym inside a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

A view of an empty sports gym inside a building in the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, February 24, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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<p>An Orthodox cross is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich </p>

An Orthodox cross is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

An Orthodox cross is seen in the abandoned city of Prypiat near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine February 22, 2011. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

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