From my Chernobyl Journal (here: [link]
A steel toy tank from the kindergarten in Pripyat.
One of the things that I noticed after a while in the kindergarten and high school in Pripyat was a general lack of military images or overt signs of militarism. This toy tank was the only thing I saw; otherwise, no: toy guys, soldier uniforms, images of soldiers in uniform, fallout shelter signs. When I was a kid, in the early 1970s, we were moderately propagandized against the USSR as being warlike, aggressive, and mean. I realized later that such nonsense serves only the purposes of those in power, who want "their" people to be scared so that they can be subservient.
The reactor blew up late in April, a week before the big USSR May Day celebrations. Apparently, the May Day celebration in Pripyat still took place, with the population parading about in radioactive fallout. I found some of the May Day parade signs (big Soviet-realist posters of Gorbachev and whatnot) in the basement of the community center. They weren't any more radioactive than the background level, but it was sobering to imagine people all dressed up marching down the street breathing radioactive dust that was falling invisibly from the beautiful May sky.