The suffering of all these people cannot simply being wiped away by claiming "there's no scientific evidence" while the evidence is staring in your face. This is the generaltopics of the entire series - ignoring the obvious truth, because it doesnt fit your agenda and by doing so endangering other people. This is contemptous. This is the "cost of lies":
the suffering, the sacrifice and - in many cases - the death of innocent human beings.
There are still details about the Chernobyl catastrophe, which were not mentioned or dramatised in the series:
- A few days after its detection, Hans Blix, the director general of the IAEA came to Chernobyl to inspect the accident site. His appearance is completely left out of the story.
- When AZ-5 could not fully re-insert the control rods, Legasov describes the state of the reactor as a "nuclear bomb". This is scientifically not correct. A nuclear reactor cannot explode in the same way a nuclear bomb does, because the fission reaction inside the fuel rods cannot accumulate a "critical mass", which is necessary for an uncontrolled fission chain reaction resulting in maximal thermal energy release.
- Since the lack of definitive proof about the events leading up to the catastrophe and a lack of knowledge about details of RMBK-Reactors, there are a lot of narratives out there concerning the "Graphite tips" of the control rods. Due to ruptures in the control rod channels, the rods could not be reinserted fully by pressing AZ-5. They were blocked halfway in and stayed in a position, in which the boron part could not yet inhibit the reactivity, but their graphite part accelerated the reaction leading to prompt supercriticality. The graphite portion of the control rods are indeed part of the design and must have been known to the plant workers. Whether this may have lead to problems in the past and if so, whether these problems has been concealed by the KGB as being a state secret is also not fully revealed yet.
- to be continued -
One small detail. In English the term 'bomb' has quite a literal meanings, but there's languages where it can be used as a metaphor of something important or huge. There's a similar case in English in the expression 'time bomb'. Lisenov was speaking in Russian, and it's possible that the sentence doesn't refer to a literal bomb. Only a Russian-speaker can say.