Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on Wednesday lifting a number of previous bans on visiting the Chernobyl exclusion zone around the site of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster and creating a “green corridor” for tourists, TASS reports.
“We should show Chernobyl to the world: scientists, environmental specialists, historians and tourists. Today I signed a decree, which will launch the process of turning the exclusion zone into one of new Ukraine’s growth points. First of all, we will create a “green corridor” for tourists and remove preconditions for corruption,” Zelensky said, stressing that “there would be no bans.”
According to Zelensky, now Chernobyl, which has surprisingly become a popular tourist destination, is a major source of corruption. “Unfortunately, the exclusion zone has so far remained a symbol of corruption: security forces collect bribes from tourists, illegally ship metal and take advantage of natural resources. We will soon put an end to this,” he emphasized.
Zelensky vowed that Chernobyl would soon become a scientific and tourist site, which is poised to be “a symbol of new Ukraine’s freedom — without corruption and notorious bans, but with investments and a future.”
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