Russia planning its own version of TV series 'Chernobyl'
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A Russian TV network is reportedly planning to create its own version of HBO's "Chernobyl" series about the 1986 nuclear disaster. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series was commissioned by NTV, a network owned by Gazprom Media, which is the media arm of Russian natural gas company Gazprom. Russia's culture ministry also reportedly helped to pay for the series, providing 30 million rubles ($460,000). 


The series will focus on Soviet KGB officers in charge of uncovering a U.S. CIA agent who has been stationed at the Chernobyl plant and is involved in spying, according to the Reporter.  

NTV is known for programming that flatters the Russian government, the Reporter said. The airdate program on the Chernobyl disaster has not yet been revealed. It was principally filmed in Belarus last year. 

The final episode of HBO's "Chernobyl" aired this week. It did air in Russia and was generally well received, according to the Reporter. 

In 1986, a nuclear reactor at the Chernobyl plant in the Soviet Union exploded, initially killing more than 30 people. According to a May United Nations report, the incident resulted in almost 20,000 cases of thyroid cancer in people who were under 18 at the time.