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Mass Death On Soviet Rails, 30 Years Later

The Soviet Union's deadliest postwar train disaster occurred 30 years ago, claiming 575 lives and injuring 800 -- according to official figures. The cause was a powerful explosion of gas that had leaked from a nearby pipeline, estimated to be the equivalent of 10,000 tons of TNT. Two trains, carrying vacationers to and from Black Sea resorts, were affected.

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A Soviet soldier appears deeply affected amid charred human remains.
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Kateryna Oliynyk

Kateryna Oliynyk is a digital media coordinator for RFE/RL.

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