Ukraine’s State Border Service has detained two local men who collected 40kg of mushrooms from the Chernobyl exclusion zone, apparently for “personal consumption.” Removing plants from the disaster area is strictly forbidden. With contamination in the soil near the site of the 1986 nuclear disaster, eating plants grown there could have deadly consequences. Entrance into the zone is strictly controlled by Ukrainian authorities, and it is illegal to cross the border of the 2,600 km2 reservation without permission. It is also forbidden to remove items from the area due to potential radioactive contamination, including flora and fauna. According to Ukrainian law, such activity could be punished by a fine, or even up to three years behind bars.
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