Amuse Bouche

Throughout the winter of 1986, disgraced Chernobyl plant director Viktor Brukhanov remained in his KGB jail in Kiev, awaiting his impending trial. He was permitted no visitors, but once a month his wife, Valentina, could bring him a five-kilogram parcel of food, which she packed with sausages, cheese, and butter. … for a while, Valentina was allowed to bring him English-language newspapers, until their son wrote a furtive four-word message.. inside one of them: “I love you, Daddy.” Then that privilege..was revoked.

from Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham (2019). Very Highly Recommended.

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