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  • Did you ever see that woman, Elena, that rides around the zone on her motorcycle? Her website www.kiddofspeed.com was a big thing a few years ago.

It was also one of the internet's biggest hoaxes. "Elena", whose real name is Lena Filatova, never rode a motocycle in the zone. She took a day trip in a car with her husband and carried a motorcycle helmet while he snapped pictures of her. Her website is full of misleading "facts" and bad science. But it brought the subject of Chernobyl to a huge, international audience. And I commend Lena for using her notoriety to bring attention to other aspects of Ukraine's history in updated versions of her website.

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