This photograph has been removed. Mostly, people do not get sick because of radiation. They get sick because they believe they are victims, says Sergii Mirnyi, a “liquidator” – a Chernobyl emergency worker. Mirnyi rolls in the snow after a sauna in Chernigiv, in February 2009. In 1986, during decontamination efforts, Sergii served as commander of a radiation reconnaissance platoon working directly around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. An eternal optimist, he now hopes to produce a comedy feature film about the lives of soldiers cleaning up after Chernobyl. Six million people still live in the entire contaminated region, an area of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia covering 56,700 square miles, about 1.2 times the size of New York state.