"The real Stalin time was about life, death. Blood. It was a terrible time but a deep one, the real time. The cultural life of the thaw was about nothing. What was Yevtushenko? It’s like the beatnik generation in the United States. What was it about? What was this bullshit? Committed art. Committed to what? What’s the problem? What are you solving with this idiotic poetry?"
Alexander Melamid (via twodogsdead)
When Soviet authorities finally ordered the evacuation, the residents’ hasty departure often meant leaving behind their most personal belongings. The Soviet Union did not admit to the world that an accident had occurred until two days after the explosion.