Valery Legasov, Chernobyl’s leading scientist, faced death with these words: “What is the cost of lies? It’s not that we’ll mistake them for the truth. The real danger is that if we hear enough lies, then we no longer recognize the truth at all.” The question includes us because during that disastrous decade, marked by the end of totalitarian socialism in Europe, among great jubilation and sadness, Cuba had its own nuclear miscarriage.
Cubans’ growing acceptance of the HBO series was a healthy surprise. At least we have been able to remember Juragua in Cienfuegos, the Electronuclear Plant and Nuclear City, in recent weeks. The latest news is alarming, the cement block that should have stored the first of the two pressurized water reactors, became the National Toxic Waste Confinement, by decree.