Russia

Putin’s Chernobyl: Russian Nuke Monitors Went Dark After Mysterious Missile Explosion

According to international watchdog CTBTO, the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, two of Russia’s nuclear monitoring stations went dark two days after a mysterious missile test explosion on August 8 that was originally portrayed as a non-nuclear incident. Adding to the uneasy parallels with the infamous Chernobyl incident, doctors at a Russian hospital complained on Sunday they were not informed that casualties from the explosion had been exposed to radiation.

The Associated Press

Russian Rocket Explodes at Test Site, Two Killed, ‘Spike in Radiation’ Detected

A liquid-fueled rocket engine exploded at a military test site in the Arkhangelsk region of Russia on Thursday, killing two people and wounding four others. The Russian Defense Ministry initially denied that any form of contamination was released in the explosion, but later said that a “short-term spike in radiation levels” was detected in the nearby city of Severodvinsk.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on August 5, 2019. - President Vladimir Putin on August 5, 2019 said Russia would be "forced" to develop new missiles if the US does the same, after Washington pulled out of a Cold War-era …