First part. Japan, views of Lake Biwa. Blue pines, white sand, a train is going by. Professor Takashi Tsushida talks about the tragedy of Lake Biwa (sinhr.). One of the Japanese cities, multi-storey buildings, advertising on the facades, overpass. View of Chernobyl after the accident at the nuclear power plant (aerial photography). A military helicopter sprays decontamination fluid over the city. Pilots, biologists in protective suits in the helicopter cockpit. Construction equipment at the destroyed 4th power unit. The liquidators of the consequences of the accident are working at the 4th power unit. The city of Pripyat, abandoned by residents, flower beds with roses, the Polesie hotel, the Energetik Palace of Culture, slogans “DECISION OF THE XXVII CPSU CONGRESS - INTO LIFE!” on the facade. Deserted residential area, trees near houses. Houses on Kurchatov Street. One of the streets, the car is driving along the road. Sculptural composition in the square in the city center. Italy, the ruins of ancient Pompeii, tourist groups sightseeing. Frames color. newsreels: Norway, tundra, shooting deer after the spilled acid rain, deer carcasses are transported on a rope by a helicopter (1986), President of the USSR Academy of Sciences A.P. Aleksandrov at the table in his office (1987) Chernobyl, 1987, visiting session of the Supreme Court USSR, the judge reads out the verdict to the workers of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant - director V.P. Bryukhanov, chief engineer N.M. Fomin, deputy. chief engineer A.S. Dyatlov and others (sync., b / w footage). One of the colonies, convicts are marching through the territory. Former deputy chief engineer of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant A. Dyatlov in the courtyard of the colony tells the journalist about the undeserved punishment, about the fault in the reactor malfunction of the employees of the Institute of Atomic Energy (sync.), In the background - the sentry on the tower. Sheepdogs in the enclosure, the building of the colony. The second part of. Frames color. newsreels: 03/29/1989, Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences A.P. Aleksandrov, in his office, tells reporters about the Chernobyl accident, about some shortcomings in the reactor design (sync.). NDP on the destroyed 4th power unit of the Chernobyl NPP. Convicted A.S. Dyatlov in the colony, in the background - buildings, guards. A.P. Aleksandrov in a protective suit leaves the administrative building at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, accompanied by the station staff. Scientists get into the Volga and leave. Press conference, Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences, member of the government commission on elimination of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident V.A.Legasov speaks to journalists A.P. Aleksandrov speaks about his attitude to the suicide of Academician V.A.Legasov (sinhr.). Scientists in the office of the President of the USSR Academy of Sciences A.P. Sakharov talk about their responsibility for the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant (sinhr.) NDP on the vaults of an Orthodox church, on the icons on the walls. Fragment of the service. Metropolitan Filaret talks about the moral side of the Chernobyl tragedy (sinhr.). A military helicopter flies over the buildings of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. B / W newsreel footage: Corresponding Member. RAS USSR B.E. Shcherbina speaks at a press conference (no sound). Academician A.D. Sakharov talks about his attitude to the Chernobyl accident, about the prospects for the development of nuclear energy (sync.). 38th Pugwash Conference of Scientists "Global Problems and Global Security" (Dagomys August 29 - September 3, 1988), AD Sakharov among the conference participants. Liquidators in protective suits work at the 4th reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. The third part. Scientists in the office of Academician A.P. Aleksandrov. Convicted A.S. Dyatlov in the colony. View of the destroyed 4th power unit at the Chernobyl NPP. The liquidators are working at the destroyed block. Military helicopter in the sky. Military equipment in the Chernobyl zone. Academician of the Academy of Medical Sciences V.P. Kaznacheev in his office talks about the development of science, about the inadmissibility of mistakes, about the limitations of the human mind (sync.). Physicist from Japan, professor at the University of Kyoto Takashi Tsushida in his apartment talks about the escalation of the development of technical civilization, about the destruction of nature, about the impact on nature and man of nuclear power plants (sync., Behind the scenes). Multi-storey buildings in one of the cities of Japan .. Famous Ukrainian folk artist, resident of the Chernobyl zone M. Primachenko at her paintings. M. Primachenko speaks about the Chernobyl accident (sync. In Ukrainian). Stills from the documentary "Spaltprozessen" (Germany): the police disperse a demonstration of residents of several Bavarian villages protesting against the construction of a nuclear enrichment station on their lands. Nun Mother Teresa walks along the path of one of the Orthodox monasteries after her trip to Chernobyl. Mother Teresa talks about peace, about prayer (sinhr.). IAEA Director General Dr. Hans Blix in the lobby of a Moscow hotel talks about his rational vision of the world, the need to use atomic energy (sync. Translation). Fourth part. Boy Seryozha Soroka, who received a large dose of radiation in Pripyat, with his mother in an apartment. Pages of an excerpt from his medical history. Cr.pl. - the face of Alyosha Galchenko - a boy from Pripyat with leukemia. View of a house in Kiev, where residents of the city of Pripyat were resettled after the Chernobyl accident Dr. Robert Gale talks about leukemia in exposed people. Dr. Hans Blix talks about the need to use atomic energy (sinhr. Translation from English). Writer Valentin Rasputin speaks from the rostrum about the danger to the country from officials (sinhr.). A rally on one of the streets of Moscow, posters with the NDP "POWER - TO THE ADVICE, NOT THE OFFICE!". The faces of those present at the rally. Italy, a man shows newspaper pages with photographs of mutating animals that appeared after the closure of the nuclear power plant in Corigliano. A member of the Italian environmental movement speaks about the need to close nuclear power plants (sync. Translation from Italian) on the street of one of the Italian cities. Passers-by on the street, shop signs. View of the closed nuclear power plant in Corigliano. Crimea, a rally against the opening of a nuclear power plant. A woman is speaking, demanding the cancellation of the decision to build a nuclear power plant in Crimea (sinhr.). Rally in support of the construction of the Crimean nuclear power plant. Men are holding a poster "CLOSE THE NPP - RETURN TO THE CAVES !!!". General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee Mikhail Gorbachev, accompanied by employees, inspects the station under construction. MS Gorbachev talks with the residents of the Crimea on the street (sinhr.). View of the destroyed 4th unit at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Work to eliminate the consequences of the accident. Tractor driver without a protective suit driving a tractor on the territory of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. A military plane is flying. Fifth part. Elimination of the consequences of the accident at the 4th unit of the ChNPP. The operator in a protective suit is taking pictures. Pope John Paul II conducts a service at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The interiors of the cathedral. John Paul II tells a journalist about hope, about the power of Christ, about prayer, about the possibilities of man, about the problem of his destiny (sinhr.). Views of the Vatican. Pedestal on Capitoline Square, on which stood the equestrian sculpture of Marcus Aurelius. Type of sculpture under restoration. Academician of the USSR Academy of Sciences A.D. Sakharov talks about the limit of the existence of civilization on Earth (sync.). Ira Saturday with her parents in her apartment in the regional center Polesskoe (the girl was treated with hormonal drugs after the Chernobyl accident). Sixth part. Cr.pl. - the face, hands of Ira Shabbat. Ira's mother talks about her daughter's illness (sinhr.). Grave of Ira Saturday (died April 13, 1990), wreath, flowers, other graves in the cemetery. A rally on Sophia Square in Kiev, in the background - a monument to Bohdan Khmelnitsky. People's artist M. Primachenko in her hut talks about the Chernobyl land (sinhr. In Ukrainian). B / W newsreels: Norway, a helicopter is transporting the corpses of shot deer (caught in acid rain). The writer V. Rasputin talks about the loss of God's commandments by man (sinhr.). Japan, Lake Biwa, in the foreground - cars are passing along the road. Entrance to the city of Chernobyl, a concrete mixer truck is driving, the ChNPP emblem, multi-storey buildings left by people, surrounded by barbed wire, a closed barrier, trees with twisted trunks.