Pripyat is an abandoned city in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. Named for the nearby Pripyat River, Pripyat was founded on February 4, 1970, the ninth nuclear city in the Soviet Union, for the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. It was officially proclaimed a city in 1979, and had grown to a population of 49,360 before being vacated a few days after the April 26, 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Today it is a restricted area, however in recent years the Ukrainian government has allowed a limited number of tourists to visit Pripyat under supervised conditions. As a result of the city being largely unchanged since the 1986 evacuation, Pripyat has been considered a "graveyard of the USSR", as many elements of the 1980s Soviet society are still intact and untouched. An international children's celebration had been planned in Pripyat in 1987, but was cancelled due to the disaster. A brief scene shows John McClane and his son looking at an undrained swimming pool with colorful cartoon characters painted on the walls, which Jack comments was done in anticipation of the 1987 festival.
The fifth film, A Good Day to Die Hard, was partially set there.
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