Chernobyl: the list of the people responsible

Everyone has heard about the Chernobyl disaster, but are you curious to learn more about the people who were present at the time of the incident?


The Chernobyl nuclear disaster took place on 26 April 1986, at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. This tragedy impacted more than a nation. It had worldwide repercussions and much larger impact than most people imagine. Not only was it wide-ranging, but also very long-lasting. After the terrible incident, which you probably learned about if you watched HBO’s miniseries on the subject, many people lost their lives and even more people suffered lifelong repercussions. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant was left in ruins, but what happened?

If you are curious to discover about the people responsible for the Chernobyl nuclear tragedy, here is a list of those who played a role in this terrible disaster.

10. Anatoly Dyatlov

Anatoly Dyatlov was the deputy chief engineer. He was the one in charge of supervising the test and insisted the operators continue when the reactor power slipped to 30 MW.

9. Aleksandr Akimov

Aleksandr Akimov was the chief of the unit shift. He was the one in charge of the test. When the reactor power dropped from 1,500 MWt to 30 MWt he wanted to stop the test.

8. Nikolai Gorbachenko

Gorbachenko was a radiation monitoring technician. When the incident happened he was in the duty room.

7. Valery Khodemchuk

Valery Khodemchuk was the main circulating pump operator of the night shift. He was likely killed immediately.

6. Vladimir Shashenok

Shashenok was the automatic system adjuster from the Chernobyl startup and adjustment enterprise.

5. Oleg Genrikh and Anatoly Kurguz

Genrikh and Kurguz were colleagues working as operators of the control room. They both suffered burns but were able to escape.

4. Aleksandr Yuvchenko

Yuvchenko was in his office at the moment of the incident and was one of the first people to die at the hospital.

3. Valeriy Perevozchenko

Perevozchenko was the reactor section foreman. After the explosion, vomiting and losing consciousness, he did everything he could to report on the situation.

2. Viktor Bryukhanov

Bryukhanov was the plant manager. He was imprisoned for ten years due to his part responsibility as director of the Chernobyl site. However, he only served five.

1. Nikolai Fomin

Chief engineer Fomin was chief engineer. Before trial, he suffered a mental breakdown and tried to end his own life.

Source: Wikipedia