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Something that I was thinking about re #HBOChernobyl: having pretty much read everything published on the subject (and a lot that hasn't – it happened months before I was born and left me very curious about why systems fail), there's an interesting point. Thread.
So, the Western perspective is that 'it was a disaster', a multifactorial tragedy of bad ideas, bad reactor design, bad response and bad management overall. And that's actually all completely true.
Where Russian/Ukrainian commenters do one better: they are willing to point out that the Soviet system's failures were not 'another cause', they were 'THE cause', the underlying cause of almost all that went wrong 33 years ago.
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After seeing @michaelbierut's post uncovering the name of the gorgeous typeface (Журнальная рубленая / Zhurnalnaya Roublennaya / Magazine Sans) used in @HBO #Chernobyl, I was inspired to do a deeper dive into Soviet typography.


The story of Zhurnalnaya itself is pretty interesting. Released in the 60s, it took inspiration from 30s typefaces like Erbar-Grotesk and Berhtold-Grotesk. Aside from #HBOChernobyl's custom cut, it has also been resurrected by @grillitype as GT Eesti.…

Contrary to popular belief, there was more than one typeface allowed in the USSR. There were actually 39, all conveniently documented in ГОСТ 3489 «Шрифты типографские» - Government Standard 3489 "Fonts, Typographical" - first set in 1946.
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