Rosatom, Russia’s state nuclear agency, recently admitted that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests involving engineering and technical support of new isotope power sources of a liquid propulsion system, according to a Rosatom statement. The tragedy occurred on a military site in northern Russia, near Arkhangelsk. No details were given.
It had previously been reported that a liquid propellant rocket engine blew up, forcing authorities to close part of a bay in the white Sea to shipping and causing a spike in radiation levels in a nearby city. Regional media outlets have also reported that local residents have been stocking up on iodine, a substance used to lessen the effects of radiation exposure.
As is typical, Russia’s Ministry of Defense was close-mouthed about the incident. In a brief statement released only after the story got out, the ministry said: “Nothing to see here. Is fake news.”
A member of the general staff, on condition of anonymity, replied to a Western reporter’s question about the incident by saying, “Was only minor accident. How you say? A nuclear ‘boo-boo’ so-to-speak. Glowing? What glowing? Oh, that glowing. Is radiance of supremely happy
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