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Vasil Pavlovic and his wife Olga Ivanovna at their home in the village of Opachichi located within the Chernobyl 30 km exclusion zone. On 26 April 1986 a nuclear accident at the nearby Chernobyl power plant led to the evacuation of all people living with 30 km of the plant. However, Vasil and Olga were among a few hundred former residents who, despite the risk of radiation exposure, chose to return to their former homes.