The international community is racing to understand a mysterious explosion that released radiation off the coast of northern Russia last week, apparently during the test of a new type of nuclear-propelled cruise missile hailed by President Vladimir Putin as the centerpiece of Moscow’s arms race with the United States.
Bellona 12th Aug 2019 read more »
Russian authorities have recommended villagers temporarily leave the area where a rocket engine carrying nuclear material exploded last week. Authorities in Nyonoksa have suggested locals leave the village from 5am to 7am on Wednesday due to work being carried out at the nearby military test site where the deadly accident occurred. A government spokeswoman said a special train would be sent to carry residents from the town. Government officials quickly claimed there was no evacuation, while giving little additional information about why locals were being asked to leave the area.
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Rosenergoatom is expected to receive about RUB280 billion (USD4 billion) less in state funding for the construction of new nuclear reactors in Russia owing to the postponement of its fast neutron reactor programme, Russian newspaper Kommersant reported last week, citing anonymous sources. Rosenergoatom is the nuclear power plant operator subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom.
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