The belief in technology was fundamental in Soviet culture. When the nuclear reactor exploded and harvested souls and spread illness throughout a vast area, over the course of many years, an image of the collapse of the Soviet Union was thereby created. Chernobyl became an image of the apocalypse of communism.
PhD in Slavic languages, Lund University (2003). She is currently working on a postdoctoral project, financed by the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond), in which she examines the memory of Chernobyl in Belarusian, Ukrainian, and Russian film and literature.