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Most Soviet-time liquidators were coerced to work for a certain medically reasonable time by means of direct order, motivation and withholding information on the operation's life-threatening occupational hazards which included exposure not only to radiation and severe stress but also to poisonous materials used to contain the destroyed reactor building. However, thousands of liquidators volunteered to participate or to extend their work beyond the initial compulsory term.According to the WHO 240,000 recovery workers were called upon in 1986 and 1987 alone. Altogether, special certificates were issued for 600,000 people recognising them as liquidators.

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