Russia tells nuclear test monitor that radiation explosion & # 39; is not a matter & # 39;
Russia has told a nuclear test monitor that a mysterious explosion in which at least five people were killed earlier this month & # 39; is not a matter & # 39 ;.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of Moscow, Sergei Ryabkov, said that Russia had voluntarily transmitted some radiation data, but the explosion was not a concern of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).
Details of the August 8 explosion are secretly shrouded, but several nuclear scientists are known to have died and radiation levels have risen briefly in the aftermath of the explosion.
There is a growing fear that Moscow is trying to hide details of the explosion that took place in a secret maritime test area near the White Sea in the far north of Russia.
The Russian government has revealed few details about the explosion at the military base near Nyonoksa (photo), except that it is an & # 39; isotope power source & # 39; concerned
Two Russian radiation monitoring stations closest to the military base in Arkhangelsk (photo), where a suspected nuclear rocket explosion took place, went offline two days after the explosion for fear of a cover-up
The Vienna-based nuclear monitor said Monday that two nearby radiation monitoring sites had gone offline days after the explosion.
Two more sites went offline shortly thereafter and raised the suspicion that Russia had tampered with it after the explosion during a rocket engine test.
Moscow now insists that the CTBTO does not investigate the matter and says that some data from radio stations has been provided voluntarily.
Russian President Vladmir Putin said yesterday that there was no threat from the explosion.
Putin said experts sent to the site near the village of Nyonoksa, & # 39; control the situation & # 39; and that there are no & # 39; serious changes & # 39; have been reported.
But he also said that & # 39; measures are being taken to ensure that there is nothing unexpected & # 39; after the incident in the Archangelsk region.
Russian authorities have provided conflicting information about what happened, and Moscow has only described it as a & # 39; isotope power source & # 39 ;.
A mysterious Russian military explosion in which five Russian scientists were dead last week occurred during tests with a rocket engine
Vladimir Putin has insisted that there is & # 39; no threat & # 39; is for contamination after an explosion at a Russian missile test site led to fear of a Chernobyl-style disaster
Moscow initially insisted that the radiation levels were normal, but the city of Severodvinsk later recognized a peak.
However, more details have emerged in a secret recording of a Russian military officer who was sent to assure villagers that they are not living through a new Chernobyl.
In the images that leaked to Russian media, he can be heard saying: & # 39; On August 8, people went to the pontoon and it exploded from below …
& # 39; They were killed because the pontoon was raised in the air. Those on the pontoon received terrible injuries, & he added, without giving details about the injuries.
During the Nyonoksa meeting, the officer also admitted that villagers are at risk of radiation poisoning if they attempt to visit a stretch of coastline during the explosion.
A helicopter is shown that transports wounded soldiers to the regional clinical hospital of Arkhangelsk after the & # 39; radiation explosion & # 39; on 8 August
Experts said they suspected the explosion and that the radiation was released as a result of an accident while testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile in a facility outside the village of Nyonoksa
The locals were also warned to keep their doors closed.
The officer continued: & # 39; Work had been performed to test one of the engines on a rocket. This rocket engine is powered by radioactive isotopes … they are the power source.
& # 39; An extraordinary situation occurred and as a result there was an explosion.
& # 39; But it was not a nuclear explosion, it was an explosion of an explosive substance. & # 39;
The country is particularly susceptible to radiation leaks following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, which took place in the former Soviet Union in what was the worst nuclear disaster in history.
Vyasheslav Yanovsky, 71, one of Russia's oldest nuclear scientists, was one of the dead in the blast alongside Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, director of a secret research institute.
Also killed were Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a leading electronics engineer, Alexey Vyushin, 43, who had developed an energy-rich photon spectrometer, and Sergey Pichugin, 45, a test engineer.
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