Russia hides data on nuclear incident?

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The attempt by the International Organization for the Prohibition of Nuclear Tests, based in Vienna (CTBTO), to obtain more detailed information about the incident that took place at a secret military training ground in northern Russia on 8th August, during which several people died, was unsuccessfully ended. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ribakov said the event was not the CTBTO`s concern and that forwarding information about radiation exposure to the organization was just a matter of Russia’s goodwill.

The only thing that is certain for now, and confirmed by the Russian authorities themselves, is that five nuclear scientists were killed in the explosion. However, the CTBTO warned that it was revealed that four radiation monitoring stations in Russia itself were disconnected from the internet after the explosion, which may have been intentionally done. Nuclear experts also agreed on that while giving statements to Moscow Times. They stated that Russian radiation monitoring stations appear to have been deliberately excluded so that Russia would thus prevent other countries, most America, from further investigating what exactly happened during that nuclear incident and beyond.

“I think it has more to do with counterintelligence than with nuclear security,” said Alexander Uvarov, editor-in-chief of Russia Atom Info. He stressed that “the problem here is not whether radiation after the explosion was dangerous to people but the secrecy of russian authorities”. On request of a journalist to comment on the Kremlin’s spokesman for the CTBTO, Dimitri Peskov said he was sure that government agencies in charge of operating radiation monitoring stations were doing their job properly. However, what is impossible to deny are the disagreements in data on the amount of radiation after the explosion. The Russian Defense Ministry first announced that it was normal at the time. However, the Russian Meteorological State Agency reported that radiation had been increased 16 times. President Putin reacted earlier this week. He stated that there was no risk of further increase in radiation, but that all safety measures had been taken in each case.

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