New Book from Pripyat Government Official Alexander Esaulov

Owner of the Zone bookIf you want to truly test your ability to read and translate Russian text, a fascinating new book is about to go on sale in Ukraine. Titled "Owner of the Zone" (Хозяин Зоны), this long-awaited book was written by Alexander Esaulov, the Deputy Director of the Pripyat Executive Committee of the City Soviet of People's Deputies at the time of the Chernobyl accident. In that position, Mr. Esaulov would have been directly involved in the decision to evacuate Pripyat.

Alexander EsaulovBesides his work as a participant of the liquidation of the consequences from the accident at the Chernobyl Atomic Energy Station and for the city of Pripyat, Esaulov also worked in the Ukrainian Ministry of Finance from 1976-1985.

Simply put, this should be an amazing book.  I am sure there will be some extremely interesting facts revealed about the city, accident and evacuation.

I'm going to have to learn Russian much quicker so I can read and understand this book. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, it should be available soon at's online store, "Active Zone."

Photo of Alexander Esaulov ©


I too am studying Russian, but I think it will be some time before I am able to read this book! But maybe I'll tackle this before Dostoevsky?

I've been fascinated by the stories about the Chernobyl accident. I've also been studying the events and viewing the fascinating photographs of the city of Pripyat. Of course it's sad!

So, I do look forward to reading this book. Hopefully, someone will translate it into English, otherwise, I better get on with my Russian lessons!