Russian TV is offering its own patriotic take on the 1986 Chernobyl disaster — one that features a heroic effort to thwart an American spy who has infiltrated the doomed nuke plant.
The Russian spin comes in response to HBO’s well-received miniseries “Chernobyl,” which depicted the aftermath of the explosion in then-Soviet Ukraine.
The series follows KGB officers tracking the CIA agen, and uncovering his espionage efforts, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
There’s no air date for the series but it’ll be broadcast on state-funded station NTV, known for its pro-Kremlin programming. It received 30 million ($460,000) in funding from the culture ministry, the outlet said.
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.
“One theory holds that Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that, on the day of the explosion, an agent of the enemy’s intelligence services was present at the station,” the director said, AV Club reported.
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