## Russia

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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:01 am Indoor suntanning, or brutal interrogation?
Medical treatment.
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↑ I wonder how the carpets' colors withstood the UV.

Free car wash.
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Russia gets (partially) woke: gendered bread!

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Russia's Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: 'Largest Data Breach In Its History'

Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia's Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing.

FSB is Russia's primary security agency with parallels with the FBI and MI5, but its remit stretches beyond domestic intelligence to include electronic surveillance overseas and significant intelligence-gathering oversight. It is the primary successor agency to the infamous KGB, reporting directly to Russia's president.

A week ago, on July 13, a hacking group under the name 0v1ru$that had reportedly breached SyTech, a major FSB contractor working on a range of live and exploratory internet projects, left a smiling Yoba Face on SyTech's homepage alongside pictures purporting to showcase the breach. 0v1ru$ had passed the data itself to the larger hacking group Digital Revolution, which shared the files with various media outlets and the headlines with Twitter—taunting FSB that the agency should maybe rename one of its breached activities "Project Collander."
https://www.forbes.com/sites/zakdoffman ... s-exposed/

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Alexei Navalny discharged from hospital against wishes of doctor

Russian opposition politician may have been poisoned, says doctor who visited him on Sunday

The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been discharged from hospital and returned to prison against the wishes of his doctor, who said his symptoms may indicate poisoning.

Navalny was taken to hospital on Sunday morning from the Moscow prison where he was serving a 30-day sentence after being arrested last week for calling people to attend an anti-government protest.
[…]
There is no sign that Navalny’s life is in immediate danger, but the news about his health has caused alarm in a country where the opposition politician Boris Nemtsov was shot dead outside the Kremlin in 2015. Anastasia Vasilieva, one of Navalny’s doctors, said discharging him on Monday back to prison could be dangerous for Navalny’s health.

She and a colleague visited Navalny in hospital on Sunday, and was able to examine him through a door, after first being denied all access. She said his symptoms included facial swelling, itching and a rash.

Vasilieva is an ophthalmologist, who treated Navalny after he was doused with green dye by pro-Kremlin activists in 2017 in an attack that left him temporarily blind in one eye. She said it was clear Navalny was not suffering from an allergy but from “the result of harmful effects of undefined chemical substances”.

“We cannot exclude toxic damage to the skin by chemicals induced by a ‘third person’,” she wrote. She called on the hospital administration to immediately allow proper medical care for Navalny.

Late on Sunday night, a doctor at the hospital, Eldar Kazakhmedov, told the Russian news agency Interfax he believed Navalny was suffering an allergic reaction, though he could not say to what. “At the current time, Navalny’s condition is improving, and all his key indicators are stable. He feels a lot better than when he was admitted,” said Kazakhmedov.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... ays-doctor
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Rob Lister wrote: Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:05 pm
Witness wrote:
The Guardian wrote:Nuclear accident sends 'harmless' radioactive cloud over Europe

A cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe in recent weeks indicates that an accident happened in a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan in the last week of September, the French nuclear safety institute IRSN has said.

The IRSN on Thursday ruled out an accident in a nuclear reactor, saying it was likely to be in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine. There has been no impact on human health or the environment in Europe, it said.

IRSN, the technical arm of French nuclear regulator ASN, said in a statement it could not pinpoint the location of the release of radioactive material but that based on weather patterns, the most plausible zone lay south of the Ural mountains, between the Urals and the Volga river.

This could indicate Russia or possibly Kazakhstan, an IRSN official said.

“Russian authorities have said they are not aware of an accident on their territory,” IRSN director Jean-Marc Peres told Reuters. He added that the institute had not yet been in contact with Kazakh authorities.
[…]
Peres said that in recent weeks IRSN and several other nuclear safety institutes in Europe had measured high levels of ruthenium-106, a radioactive nuclide that is the product of splitting atoms in a reactor and does not occur naturally.

IRSN estimates a significant quantity of ruthenium-106 was released, between 100 and 300 terabecquerels, and that if an accident of this magnitude had happened in France it would have required the evacuation or sheltering of people in a radius of several kilometres around the accident site.

The ruthenium-106 was probably released in a nuclear fuel treatment site or centre for radioactive medicine, Peres said. Because of its short half-life of about a year, ruthenium-106 is used in nuclear medicine – for example in cancer therapy for eye tumours – but can also be released when nuclear fuel is reprocessed.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/ ... ver-europe

That Biggest red dot looks to be very close to Ozyorsk, Russia.
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Ozers ... 60.7009592

It has a nasty nuclear history and currently the home of the largest Nuclear Reprocessing plant in Russia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozyorsk,_ ... nsk_Oblast
Follow-up:
Mysterious Radioactive Cloud That Blanketed Europe Traced to Russian Nuclear Facility

The probable culprit behind a mysterious cloud of radioactive particles detected floating above much of Europe in 2017 appears to have been identified.

[big snip]

"The measurements indicate the largest singular release of radioactivity from a civilian reprocessing plant," says one of the researchers, radioecologist Georg Steinhauser from the University of Hanover.

Specifically, the new evidence – based on modelling of air mass movements around the time of the accident – indicates Russia's Mayak nuclear complex in the southern Urals "should be considered as a likely candidate for the release", the researchers conclude.

That lines up exactly with early suspicions dating back to November 2017, although the Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom has since insisted that normal readings in the soil around the facility show the Mayak plant can't have been responsible, as if the ruthenium–106 release had originated there, the concentration of the isotope would have been thousands of times higher.

The new findings cast more doubt on the veracity of those claims, however, with the team speculating the accident might have occurred at Mayak while scientists were trying to produce the isotope cerium–144, for subsequent use in neutrino experiments at the Gran Sasso National Laboratory in Italy, as has previously been speculated.

"We were able to show that the accident occurred in the reprocessing of spent fuel elements, at a very advanced stage, shortly before the end of the process chain," says Steinhauser.
https://www.sciencealert.com/origins-of ... pinpointed

It's about 10 km from Ozyorsk. Well done, Rob.
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Over 15,000 Square Miles of Siberia Are on Fire and It’s “a Global Ecological Catastrophe”

Wildfires are raging across over 15,000 square miles of Siberia, an area larger than the size of Massachusetts, and are causing what one environmental expert calls a “global ecological catastrophe.”

Some 46 thousand square miles have already been destroyed, and with the fires now threatening towns and cities, and large clouds of black smoke engulfing Russia's third-biggest city, Novosibirsk, the Kremlin has come under increasing pressure from the public and from environmentalists to act to tackle the fires.

On Wednesday Russian President Vladimir Putin mobilized the military to help fight the blaze, and U.S. President Donald Trump pledged his support.

But experts say that these moves will do little to bring the fires under control.

"Unfortunately, with the current size of four million hectares [15,400 square miles] and firefighting efforts limited to 100,000 hectares [386 square miles], additional army forces, which are mostly aircraft, will not make a big difference, especially as the military are not experts in fighting forest fires,” Anton Beneslavsky, Greenpeace Russia fire expert and volunteer firefighter, told VICE News.
https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/ywa ... atastrophe
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I don't know who I trust less here: Russia, Greenpeace, or VICE News.
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Grammatron wrote: Fri Aug 02, 2019 4:53 am I don't know who I trust less here: Russia, Greenpeace, or VICE News.

Is the Moscow Times more to your liking?

Excerpt:
The current fires are largely a result of a controversial law. More than 90 percent of the burning forests are within so-called control zones: Areas where regional authorities do not have to put out fires if the cost of the effort to do so exceeds that of the fire damage. This policy was introduced in 2015 when the federal authorities basically re-introduced a Soviet-era practice.

Now governors have the official right not to extinguish fires: A right they are keenly exercising as there is a lack of money and equipment at their disposal. Forests in Russia are plentiful whereas the economy is too weak to put out all the fires.

The authorities estimate the potential damage by calculating the minimum price of processable wood in the area that is burning (and if the wood is deemed unfit for processing, there is no recordable damage). In other words, according to these calculations, fires often cost almost nothing. However, every year, fires destroy 3 times more forest (3 million hectares) than the timber industry (1 million hectares).
Soviet-era ecological action, what could go wrong?
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I found no English article on the subject, so you'll get a raw translation from Le Monde:
https://www.lemonde.fr/international/ar ... _3210.html
New political "purges" in the upper echelons of Russia

Clan struggles, resource battles and deliberate Kremlin politics explain the increase in arrests of senior officials and elected officials.

Week after week, noisily reported or announced in complete discretion, reports of arrests in the high spheres of the Russian State follow one another tirelessly. Present on the front page of Moscow's daily newspapers or found in local press interviews, they are the background to Vladimir Putin's fourth term in office, a new situation that no member of the ruling elite can ignore.

In the first two weeks of July alone, the results are impressive. On 1 July, three senior officials were arrested in Dagestan, in the North Caucasus; two days later, searches were carried out at the headquarters of the administration of the Voronezh region; the following day, six members of the FSB (the Russian security services) were arrested; on the same day, the arrest of the President's representative in the Ural Federal District, followed by the arrest of the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Pension Fund, the former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Astrakhan Region... Then, successively, searches within the Government of Yakutia, in the administration of the City of St Petersburg, at the Central Bank... Systemically, corruption or economic crimes are mentioned.

A few months ago, on the website of a local newspaper in the Rostov-on-Don region in the south of the country, the section "Arrests of senior officials" appeared. Since May, the misadventures of two vice-governors, a minister, the head of tax services... Institution by institution, the picture is just as telling. Within the powerful Inquiry Committee, no less than seven generals have been behind bars for the past three years.

Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator
Vlad tightening the nuts?
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Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodes (Video at link)

You can see the shockwaves spreading in some of them.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:20 am Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodesYou can see the shockwaves spreading in some of them.

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Russian drone Okhotnik [Hunter] makes maiden flight

The Russian Federation has developed a drone capable of flying up to 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles). The project had been veiled in secrecy but the ministry has now released a video of the unmanned vehicle online.

The wedge-shaped drone developed by the Sukhoi company is a big step forward compared to other unmanned aerial vehicles previously developed in Russia.

Russian media reports claimed that Okhotnik weighs 20 tons and can travel up to 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles).
https://www.dw.com/en/russian-drone-okh ... a-49935124

Even has a Wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukhoi_Okhotnik
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Looks like an F-117 Nighthawk.

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Spoiler:
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Some brands use the name (and the "rebel"/illicit/rural halo it sports):

But well done, Abdul, well done!
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Anaxagoras wrote: Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:20 am Huge blasts as Russian arms depot in Siberia explodes (Video at link)

You can see the shockwaves spreading in some of them.
A Russian military ammo depot that blew up earlier this week just exploded again
• A Russian military ammunition depot that exploded on Monday has exploded again, injuring at least another 10 people.
• The ammunition storage facility, believed to house tens of thousands of artillery shells, caught fire and exploded on Monday, killing one and injuring 13 others, as a result of "human error."
• The latest incident was reportedly caused by lightning after the facility's lighting-defense systems were damaged in the earlier explosion.
• In the past week, Russian military facilities have seen multiple explosions, as well as more than a dozen casualties.
https://www.businessinsider.com/russia- ... ing-2019-8
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More things exploding in Russia

Russia explosion: Five confirmed dead in rocket blast
Five people were killed and three injured following a rocket explosion on an Arctic naval test range in Russia on Thursday, state nuclear company Rosatom confirmed.
Rosatom said the accident occurred during tests on a liquid propellant rocket engine.
The three injured staff members suffered serious burns in the accident.
Authorities had previously said that two people died and six were injured in the blast at the site in Nyonoksa.
The company told Russian media that its engineering and technical team had been working on the "isotope power source" for the propulsion system.
The Nyonoksa site carries out tests for virtually every missile system used by the Russian navy, including sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and anti-aircraft missiles.
Authorities in Severodvinsk, 47km (29 miles) east of Nyonoksa said that radiation levels shortly after the blast were higher than normal for about 40 minutes but returned to normal.
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Things in the Soviet Union Russia cannot explode!

Anaxagoras is delusional.

Take him to the infirmary.

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50,000 demonstrate in Moscow in fifth weekend of protests for fair elections

MOSCOW — Some 50,000 people rallied in central Moscow on Saturday to demand fair elections, the largest demonstration in a series of protests this summer that has rattled the Kremlin and posed the biggest political challenge to Russian President Vladimir Putin in seven years.

Unlike previous rallies, which were met with harsh police crackdown that led to thousands of detentions and violent beatings with truncheons, Saturday’s demonstration was approved by the government and saw only scant confrontations between riot police and protesters. Nonetheless, more than 225 demonstrators were detained, almost 150 of them in Moscow and more than 80 at a second protest in St. Petersburg.

The tens of thousands of protesters ignored drizzling rain and unseasonably cold weather to gather in Moscow’s Sakharov Square just off the capital city’s central Garden Ring road, chanting such slogans as “Russia will be free!” and “Release the political prisoners!”

Moscow’s protest movement for fair elections began in early July, after the city’s elections commission rejected several opposition candidates’ applications to run in a Sept. 8 vote for the 45-seat Moscow City Duma, the capital’s city council. The current council is dominated by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, which the opposition accuses of engaging in corrupt schemes that pilfer city budget funds.
https://www.latimes.com/world-nation/st ... -elections

Meanwhile:

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About that missile that exploded:

Russia’s Mystery Missile (transcript of podcast)
Or the podcast itself
michael barbaro
From The New York Times, I’m Michael Barbaro. This is “The Daily.” Today: The mysterious explosion of a Russian missile has left an entire team of scientists dead. David Sanger on what that means for an arms race between the United States and Russia that both sides seem to want. It’s Friday, August 16. David, tell me what happened last Thursday in Russia.
. . .
Now, what everybody knew near this northern Russian town was that there’s a big missile test site nearby. And the first explanation that the Russians gave was that there had been an accident with a liquid-fueled missile. The problem with that explanation is most liquid-fueled missiles don’t produce any radiation. So that didn’t make sense. And then another statement came out that said that actually what happened was an explosion of an isotope power source for a liquid-fueled rocket. Well, that was the first admission by the Russian government that something involving a radiological event had taken place.

michael barbaro
Because isotope suggests radiation.

david sanger
Exactly. But of course, the Russians weren’t coming clean about exactly what it was. They didn’t say nuclear. They didn’t say atomic. They didn’t say accident. They simply said something went wrong with an isotope power supply. And that really got people nervous.

michael barbaro
So what actually happened?

david sanger
Well, as we tried to piece it together, we got a picture of the Russians testing an entirely new kind of nuclear missile, one that uses a small nuclear reactor to propel it. And that, in the course of the testing, something went wrong with the nuclear reactor. And over the course of a day or so, we learned that seven people died, that the reactor had actually exploded after it was recovered from the sea, and that this had turned into a much larger disaster than the Russians had ever publicly admitted.
A missile powered by a small nuclear reactor? And it exploded? And allegedly the range of this missile is unlimited (for practical purposes):
But what was really strange about this last missile was that it was supposed to be powered by a small nuclear reactor. The nuclear reactor at the back of the missile meant that it could reach any corner of the world, because a nuclear reactor can run for weeks, months, maybe even years. So basically, the fuel is limitless and the range of the missile is limitless.
Comparisons with the doomsday device from Dr. Strangelove. There's also a torpedo they're working on, as well as a third kind of missile (details in the story). The torpedo would be like a kind of dead-man's weapon that could strike even if Moscow is obliterated.
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Anaxagoras wrote: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:54 amA missile powered by a small nuclear reactor? And it exploded? And allegedly the range of this missile is unlimited (for practical purposes):
Not great.

Not terrible.

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I can think of safer ways to deliver a nuclear weapon. What does Russia have against safe nuclear destruction?
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solely wrote: Mon Aug 19, 2019 3:37 pm I can think of safer ways to deliver a nuclear weapon. What does Russia have against safe nuclear destruction?
I went youtubin' for this technology and was not disappointed. A nuclear-powered missile is twice as efficient as a chemical propellent (900 Ips vs 459 Ips). Obviously much, much more than twice the cost but in the context of destroying the world, small difference.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote: Sat Aug 10, 2019 12:40 pm One of my grandfathers was born in Ukraine. To the Ukrainians he was a Russian, but to the Russians he was a Jew.

He was discriminated against so he left.

In 1913, so he missed all the interesting stuff.
One of mine came from livov. Left about that time, was classed as an enemy alien during WW1. Missed the interesting goings on in Livov in the 40's.
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Global network's nuclear sensors in Russia went offline after mystery blast

VIENNA (Reuters) - The operator of a global network of radioactive-particle sensors said on Monday its two Russian sites closest to a mysterious explosion went offline days after the blast, soon followed by two more, fuelling suspicions that Russia tampered with them.

The Russian Defence Ministry, which operates the two stations, did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Russia’s state nuclear agency, Rosatom, has acknowledged that nuclear workers were killed in the explosion on Aug. 8, which occurred during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in far northern Russia.

The explosion also caused a spike in radiation in a nearby city and prompted a local run on iodine, which is used to reduce the effects of radiation exposure.

Russian authorities have given no official explanation for why the blast triggered the rise in radiation. U.S.-based nuclear experts have said they suspect Russia was testing a nuclear-powered cruise missile vaunted by President Vladimir Putin last year.

“We’re ... addressing w/ station operators technical problems experienced at two neighbouring stations,” Lassina Zerbo, head of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), said on Twitter overnight.

The CTBTO’s International Monitoring System includes atmospheric sensors that pick up so-called radionuclide particles wafting through the air. Zerbo said data from stations on or near the path of a potential plume of gas from the explosion were still being analyzed.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russ ... SKCN1V9183
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Russians just don't do nuclear well. I'm all for nuclear so long as Russians are not involved.
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Russia to nuclear test ban monitor: Test accident not your business

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia told an agency that verifies a ban on nuclear tests that a military test accident in the country's north this month was none of its business and that handing it any radiation data was voluntary, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Vienna-based Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) said on Monday that two Russian monitoring sites closest to the mysterious explosion went offline days after the blast, soon followed by two more, fuelling suspicions that Russia tampered with them.

The CTBTO said on Tuesday the radioactive-particle sensors of at least one of the four Russian monitoring stations in question were transmitting again.

Russia's state nuclear agency, Rosatom, has acknowledged that five of its nuclear workers were killed in the Aug. 8 explosion during a rocket engine test near the White Sea in far northern Russia. Two Russian military personnel were also reported to have been killed.
https://mobile.reuters.com/article/amp/idUSKCN1VA0OL
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Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

Moscow (AFP) - Russia will launch the world's first floating nuclear reactor and send it on an epic journey across the Arctic on Friday, despite environmentalists warning of serious risks to the region.

Loaded with nuclear fuel, the Akademik Lomonosov will leave the Arctic port of Murmansk to begin its 5,000 kilometre (3,000-mile) voyage to northeastern Siberia.

Nuclear agency Rosatom says the reactor is a simpler alternative to building a conventional plant on ground that is frozen all year round, and it intends to sell such reactors abroad.
[…]
The reactor's trip is expected to last between four and six weeks, depending on the weather conditions and the amount of ice on the way.

Work began on the 144-metre (472-foot) Akademik Lomonosov in Saint Petersburg in 2006.

When it arrives in Pevek, a town of 5,000 in the Siberian region of Chukotka, it will replace a local nuclear plant and a closed coal plant.

It is due to go into operation by the end of year, mainly serving the region's oil platforms as Russia develops the exploitation of hydrocarbons in the Arctic.

Rashid Alimov, the head of the energy sector of Greenpeace Russia, said environmental groups had been critical of the idea of a floating reactor since the 1990s.

"Any nuclear power plant produces radioactive waste and can have an accident, but Akademik Lomonosov is additionally vulnerable to storms," he told AFP.

The float is towed by other vessels, making a collision during a storm more likely, he said.

Because Rosatom plans to store spent fuel onboard, Alimov said "any accident involving this fuel might have a serious impact on the fragile environment of the Arctic."
https://news.yahoo.com/russia-launches- ... 36329.html

Oy vey!
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Berlin Chechen shooting: Russian assassination suspected

A Chechen exile shot dead in a Berlin park had fought against Russian troops and may have been assassinated by a Russian agent.

German police arrested a 49-year-old Russian man soon after the shooting on Friday, and found the suspected pistol and bike used in the attack.

The victim was Zelimkhan Khangoshvili and he had long been a target.

[…]

The suspect, named only as Vadim S, reportedly had a large sum of cash in his flat, searched by investigators. He has been formally accused of "treacherous killing".

Vadim S travelled to Berlin from Moscow via Paris a few days before the attack, and had a return ticket to Moscow, German media report.

Suspicions fall on Russia partly because of previous high-profile attacks on dissidents abroad. The most notorious in the UK were the poisonings of Russian ex-state security officers
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49483090
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Witness wrote: Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings

He added that there is "no infrastructure for a nuclear clean up" in the region.
https://news.yahoo.com/russia-launches- ... 36329.html
Here's some news. There is no infrastructure anywhere for a nuclear clean up, of any region.
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### Re: Russia

So what. It's the arctic. If there's a spill, it will only impact Siberia, Canada, Alaska, and the Netherlands, and who cares about them?

Oh, and Svalbard.

Oh, wait!
Such potential!
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### Re: Russia

And greenland
This space for let
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Dammit, Russia. It's like you WANT to pick a fight.
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Have a drink, ya all!

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US intel report says mysterious Russian explosion was triggered by recovery mission of nuclear-powered missile, not a test
• A U.S. intelligence report says the mysterious explosion off Russia's northern coast occurred during a recovery mission to salvage the Kremlin's nuclear-powered missile from the ocean floor.
• The mysterious explosion sparked fears that Russia had tested its nuclear-powered Burevestnik missile, also known as Skyfall.
• CNBC learned last year of similar plans Moscow made to try to recover a nuclear-powered missile lost at sea.
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/08/29/intel-s ... -test.html for the details.
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Witness wrote: Fri Aug 23, 2019 11:25 pm
Russia launches floating nuclear reactor in Arctic despite warnings
Phew:
Russia's first sea-borne nuclear power plant arrives to its base

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s first-floating nuclear power plant has arrived to its permanent base near an isolated Russian town across the Bering Strait from Alaska, Russian state nuclear energy company Rosatom said on Saturday.

Developed by Rosatom, the plant, known as “Akademik Lomonosov”, set off on a 5,000 km (3,100 mile) journey on Aug. 23 through Arctic waters to reach the Chukotka region.

Rosatom said it aims to make the floating station operational by the year-end. It would become the world’s northernmost nuclear power station.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-russ ... SKBN1VZ0CY

And in completely different news:
Russian activist saves data from police with drone

Sergey Boyko says he sent hard drives to a friend by drone when police banged at his door at 10:00 local time, to avoid them getting hold of the data.

The search was part of a nationwide crackdown on the opposition.

Around 200 raids have been carried out in the past few days after the ruling party suffered major losses in local elections in Moscow.

A YouTube video taken (in Russian) by a female companion shows Mr Boyko, who lives in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, releasing a drone from his flat in a tall apartment block as police wait to be let in.

Mr Boyko heads the local branch of the movement of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who campaigned for voters to defeat candidates of the United Russia party using tactical voting in Sunday's city council election.

The activists say the raids are a form of revenge by the authorities for the setbacks.
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-49689833
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What's with Russia these days?
Blast sparks fire at Russian laboratory housing smallpox virus

Facility know as Vector is one of only two sites holding virus, and also houses Ebola samples

A gas explosion has sparked a fire at a Russian laboratory complex stockpiling viruses ranging from smallpox to Ebola, authorities have said.

The State Research Centre of Virology and Biotechnology denied that the fire had exposed the public to the pathogens stored inside, some of the deadliest on Earth.

The blast took place during repairs to a fifth-floor sanitary inspection room at the facility – known as Vector – in Koltsovo, in the Novosibirsk region of Siberia, the centre said on Monday. The site housed secret biological weapons research during the Soviet era and is now one of Russia’s main disease research centres.

One worker suffered third-degree burns after the blast, which blew out the glass in the building. The fire reportedly spread through the building’s ventilation system. A fire covering ​​30 square metres was later extinguished.

Russian authorities insisted that the room where the explosion occurred was not holding any biohazardous substances and that no structural damage was caused. The mayor of Koltsovo said that the laboratory did not contain any disease samples because of ongoing repair work.

The smallpox virus survives in two places on Earth: at Vector and at another high-security laboratory at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/ ... lpox-virus