Fieldwork in Visaginas
Linara Dovydaitytė and Oksana Denisenko interviewed two residents of Visaginas on June 27th, 2023.
The first interview was with Rasa Ševaldina, the founder and long-time head of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant Information Centre. The interview touched on the development of the exhibition, the organisation of tours and other topics related to the activities of the Information Centre.
The second interview was with Marija Ščerbakova, an art teacher, Visaginas city activist and honorary citizen. We met at the informal household museum she founded. She talked about her and her husband Vasiliy Čiupačenko’s, who was a well-known photojournalist in Visaginas, activities since 1977. On their initiative, an informal museum was set up in the first school, which, amongst the many themes, also reflected the subject of the construction of INPP.
Both interviews are part of a study on the memorialisation of the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant and attitudes towards nuclear cultural heritage.