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Instagram Model Says 'Insensitive' Chernobyl Post Was 2,500 Miles Away From Disaster Zone

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An Instagram model who caused uproar after she tagged a pair of controversial photographs of herself in the deserted exclusion zone of the Chernobyl disaster, has apologised.

Veronika Rocheva received a backlash for her post but has now claimed the pictures weren't taken in the town of Pripyat, as she had originally claimed.

Speaking to Russian publication life.ru, the 23-year-old admitted the photos were actually taken in a disused canteen more than 2,500 miles away from the area affected by the disaster.

She said: "I don't know why we decided to put this geotag. It was all filmed at a deserted location in Novosibirsk.

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The model has apologised for the controversial snaps. Credit: Instagram
The model has apologised for the controversial snaps. Credit: Instagram

"It looked in a way similar to Pripyat and we just tagged the location as 'Pripyat'. We simply didn't expect to get such outburst of negative reaction. We didn't think about the consequences."

The model then went one to say she thought the post would only be seen by her friends.

She added: "In fact I was doing a vlog about the environment when I got inspired by the HBO Chernobyl series.

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"This is what made us link the location we used for filming to Pripyat, they just looked so equally abandoned. We thought it would be just our friends watching it, that was it."

Veronika then apologised for any hurt the picture - which still has the Pripyat geotag - may have caused.

She claims the pictures weren't taken near Chernobyl but 2,500 miles away. Credit: Instagram
She claims the pictures weren't taken near Chernobyl but 2,500 miles away. Credit: Instagram

She said: "We didn't want in any way to hurt or insult people that went through such a horrendous tragedy. We pay deepest respect to the story of Chernobyl."

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When she shared the photograph, followers and users piled into the comments section, criticising the model for the insensitive post.

One person hit out, writing: "You could literally take these pics of yourself .....anywhere else."

A second said: "It's quite pathetic if you need to do this to gain self respect."

A third asked: "Vile. You're in Chernobyl.. what made you or your photographers think this was okay?!"

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The model still hasn't removed the geotag from her post. Credit: Instagram
The model still hasn't removed the geotag from her post. Credit: Instagram

Another added: "Totally disrespectful considering what occurred and the enormous loss of life. Grow tf up."

Some even demanded she remove the picture immediately, with several calling for her to 'delete' it

Since HBO's hit series Chernobyl hit screens last month, there has been an incredible amount of interest in the story behind the meltdown.

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Tour companies have even seen a massive increase in the number of people looking to visit the exclusion zone.

Wowcher is offering you the chance 'embrace your inner dark tourist' and take in the sights and sounds of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone from as little as £169 per person.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

Topics: World News, TV and Film, HBO, Interesting, History, Chernobyl, US Entertainment, Russia

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