In the show, numerous Russian "higher-ups" appear to be either totally incompetant or ludicrously corrupt, and while creators of the miniseries have admitted that they over-emphasised certain parts of the show for dramatic effect, Russian media outlets have slammed the portrayal for its inaccuracies, with one newspaper calling it "a caricature and not the truth". However, it has not gone over so well in Russian Federation and, more specifically, in the "power corridors of the Kremlin".
So much so, the country has chose to make its own Chernobyl-inspired series, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Thursday. The project was also partially funded by the culture ministry who provided 30 million rubles ($460,000 USD) to make this a reality.
Radiation spilled into the atmosphere, forcing 115,000 residents to be relocated by the government in 1986, with an additional 220,000 residents moved out in the subsequent years.
A Russian company has filmed a series about Chernobyl. However, there's a rather large entity that isn't a fan of the miniseries: the Russian government.More news: Muncy's blast leads Dodgers past Bumgarner and Giants 1-0
Less delicate is a piece by The Moscow Times, which launched a media-led "mini-crusade" against the series, which has become a national obsession in Russian Federation.
The Russian series apparently is part of this patriotic pushback.
Director Alexei Muradov justified the story by citing a conspiracy theory that says an enemy intelligence agent was on site on the day of the explosion, the Moscow Times reported.
The idea does not match reality.More news: US Women Beat Thailand 13-0 In World Cup Competition
Officials from both United Nations and the Nuclear Energy Institute determined that the nuclear accident was a result of human error and the reactor's faulty design, which the Soviet government concluded themselves in a 1986 report on the tragedy, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Shepelin, the columnist, points out the gripes in Russian Federation over the HBO blockbuster have less to do with accuracy than national pride.
HBO's harrowing drama series Chernobyl became the highest-rated series ever on IMDb this week, with nearly universal praise coming from critics too. "The fact that an American, not a Russian, TV channel tells us about our own heroes is a source of shame that the pro-Kremlin media apparently can not live down", Shepelin wrote.More news: Trump wants more from Mexico to halt trade tariffs