Explosion at Tchernobyl
While it was the most serious accident in the history of the civil nuclear industry, the USSR set out to deny the seriousness of the facts for several weeks, both to its own population and to the international community. The authorities issued laconic and contradictory statements on the possible consequences to the population. The first time the event was referred to there was no official declaration, with journalists having to base their reports on a short and confused communiqué. The authorities were finally forced to admit the facts following the detection of radio active elements on foreign soil.