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Chernobyl Tourism Sees Major Increase Following HBO Miniseries

Following the popularity of HBO's Chernobyl, there's been a tourist spike to the Ukranian site of the 1986 nuclear disaster.

Following the series' debut in May tour company SoloEast saw a 30 percent increase in visitors to the site in May 2019 compared to this same month last year, according to IndieWire.

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In the wake of the finale earlier this week , SoloEast director Sergiy Ivanchuk also revealed bookings for June, July, and August have increased by as much as 40 percent, with another tour group, Chernobyl Tour, reporting a similar rise. Clearly, fans want to visit the site and experience the aftermath of the calamity, which HBO detailed via its miniseries.

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HBO's story about corruption in the Kremlin and the radiation which swooped over the Soviet Union and nearby countries even riled Russian television channel NTV, who is now stepping up promotion of its own Chernobyl series revolving around a theory American CIA agents sabotaged the nuclear zone and possibly the reactor itself.

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Chernobyl is created by Craig Mazin, and stars Emily Watson, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Jessie Buckley. All five episodes are now available to stream on HBO Go and HBO Now.

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