The Russian Gazette

By Veronica Martin

The Mysteries of Chernobyl

On April 26, 1986 a nuclear reactor at a power plant called Chernobyl exploded in Ukraine. It is the worst nuclear disaster so far. The explosion caused a radioactive cloud that spread throughout Asia and Europe. This cloud caused many places to become contaminated. 23% of Belarus was contaminated. Five million people still live in these contaminated areas today. Many places were left abandoned because of the harmful chemicals.

The Trans-Siberian Railroad

The Trans-Siberian Railroad is the longest continuous railroad. It has a span of 6,000 miles! The gauge in Russia is wider than Europe or China's, making it difficult for trains to travel between the countries. The terrain made it difficult to build the railroad. Many people were enlisted to build the railroad. The railroad caused many people to immigrate to Siberia. It was finally finished in 1916.

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The Soviet Union

The Soviet Union started in 1922. The Soviet Union is Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and the Transcaucasian republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia together. The Soviet Union has collective farms where workers produced a certain amount of food. After WWII The Soviet Union and the U.S had a war called the Cold War. It was called the Cold War because no weapons were used. They did both create nuclear weapons but none of them were used. The war caused a "space race" to see who could send something into space faster and the Soviet Union won. In 1991 the Soviet Union fell.