Atomic Runner Chelnov was released in January 1988 in Japan.
The subtitle of this game translates from Japanese as 'Fighting Human Power Plant'.
This game is known outside Japan as "Atomic Runner Chelnov - Nuclear Man, The Fighter
This game came out a couple of years after Russia's Chernobyl power plant accident. One of Japan's prestigious newspaper 'Asahi Shinbun' had article about the title of this game and its imprudent attitude, Data East responded that Chelnov was a sequel to Karnov and that it had no relation to the accident.
Chelnov later appeared in "Karnov's Revenge" as the final boss. He also appeared as the final boss in the Nintendo Super Famicom game "Fighter's History - Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!!" as well as an unlockable playable character.
Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Data East Game Music - 28XA-205) on May 10, 1988.