With exception of the ex-inhabitants which are visiting the graves yards or those who are visiting Chernobyl as tourists, around 140 people are still living in the exclusion zone.
Most of them are old and „retired “.
Besides that approximately 3000 workers which care for the zone are still living there. Almost the same amount of people is still working in the power plant (of course not active anymore) but living in a town called Slavutych. Most of them are living in the zone for 2 weeks and then leave it for 2 weeks to come back again for the same amount of time.
Pripyat nowadays is an abandoned ghost town bust still spreads its own charm and atmosphere.
It was one of the least towns which wasn’t tore off. Those which were tore off can just be reminded by their place signs next to the streets.
Pripyat and the 30km exclusion zone are guarded by the police and the army, even though looting and robbery still cant be avoided.
Most of it took place in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The whole town was looted and there is not a single apartment which was not haunted by thieves.
One military factory called Jupiter was still in operation in 1997 but is nowadays even more destroyed than most abandoned apartments or schools in town.
The town is full of contemporary regulation signed, books and pictures which mostly are signs of Lenin. They´re everywhere: In the culture place, the hotel, the hospital, the police station as in the kid gardens and schools.
A walk through Pripyat is like a throw back in time with only one difference: no humans and not even a single bird on the sky.
Chernobyl is a good example to see how nature takes all back. It is unique!
Source of all pictures on this side: google.com