Chernobyl Riviera

Luxury yachts, lush vegetation, and teeming hunting grounds—just downstream from the site of history's worst nuclear accident. See striking photos of Kiev Reservoir, where Ukraine's elite cavort.

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

Water-skiing on the Kiev Reservoir, or what locals refer to as, the "Chernobyl Riviera," a small settlement in the town of Strakholissya, Ukraine, Aug. 21, 2010. When people think of Chernobyl, they conjure memories of the catastrophe that struck Ukraine's Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, wreaking havoc with the environment and killing thousands of people. Today, the sky is blue and the land lush with green. There is an odd little corner of this wasteland, a place reserved for the idle rich and adventurous. The locals call it the "Chernobyl Riviera," a small settlement in the town of Strakholissya.

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A house on the Kiev Reservoir, or what locals refer to as, the "Chernobyl Riviera."

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

A bride runs on the banks of the Kiev Reservoir.

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network

Donald Weber / VII Network