The Chernobyl disaster was a nuclear accident that occurred on Saturday 26 April 1986.
Right now China is having it's very own Chernobyl-like disaster, a government-run research lab has incompetently released a deadly and contagious pathogen. This has the potential to end Communism in China and restore Democracy.
Fewer than six years elapsed between the meltdown at Chernobyl and the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union—six years marked by suspicion of government, dissatisfaction with public safety, and demands for greater transparency. Could Chernobyl have caused the crack in the Soviet state and led to its collapse?
Mikhail Gorbachev stated flatly that the Chernobyl explosion was “perhaps the real cause of the collapse of the Soviet Union.” According to Gorbachev, the Chernobyl explosion was a “turning point” that “opened the possibility of much greater freedom of expression, to the point that the system as we knew it could no longer continue.”
Here's some clips from the HBO Chernobyl mini-series for context and information.