It's funny, my Russian friends are fanatical about it and keep sending me articles in Russian that I have to feed into Google Translate, like:
👆 That's one of the Russian swimmers who is doing fine. He doesn't consider himself a hero and he says he didn't volunteer, he was ordered, but it was fine. He just did his job and wasn't scared. He said they moved faster than the film showed to minimize radiation and that the counters weren't indicating that much radiation.
They point out that the Russian government couldn't keep Chernobyl secret because the Swedes were reporting the radiation overhead, but they did keep their previous nuclear disaster secret so the world never knew: