The Instagram model, which received worldwide criticism for controversial Chernobyl photos, now claims: The photos are not from the death zone at all.

The Instagram model, which received worldwide criticism for controversial Chernobyl photos, now claims: The photos are not from the death zone at all.

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The Instagram model, who was attacked worldwide for his half-naked shoot in the middle of the alleged death zone around the destroyed Chernobyl nuclear reactor, now claims: Her Chernobyl photos were fake - she was thousands of miles away when the pictures were taken.

The "Sun" quotes the young woman: "It wasn't actually in Pripyat. We took the photos in an abandoned location in Novosibirsk. ”The amazing thing: Pripyat (Ukraine) is not only in another country, it is also a fabulous 3500 kilometers from Novosibirsk (Russia). Nevertheless, the influencer had placed the placemark "Pripyat, Ukraine" on one of her photos.

As an excuse, the Instagram model said that under no circumstances did she want to hurt or insult people who were affected by the horrific tragedy at the time. "We thought only our friends would see that. We simply did not expect such negative reactions to break out at all. We didn't think about the consequences. "

Does she now withdraw from Siberia in order not to get even more negative reactions? It would not be necessary - on the contrary: The scandal with the contaminated photos should have brought her more than 13,000 new followers within a very short time.

Disaster tourism in the death zone really does exist. With “holiday pirates” you can get a trip to the nuclear nightmare city for just 260 euros, for example. Included in the package: three nights in a hotel, flight and day trip to the restricted area. The ghost town of Pripyat is shown.

The fascination with the nuclear catastrophe has been reignited by the HBO mini-series "Chernobyl" (runs in Germany at Sky). Controversial influencer Veronika Rocheva also said her photos were inspired by the series.