A VICTIM of a mysterious nuclear blast in Russia earlier this month suffered a radiation dose “one thousand times higher than lethal”, according to a new report.
The man, a military diver, died hours after a blast at a navy range in the White Sea on August 8 that Russian officials have so far denied was the result of nuclear testing.
The Russian government have denied that an explosion off its coast earlier this month resulted from nuclear testing[/caption]
Five nuclear engineers and two servicemen were also killed, while six others were injured.
The medical reports of most victims were allegedly destroyed by the FSB secret service in a suspected cover-up, but details of the diver’s record have emerged.
The man is unnamed, but leaked records indicate he suffered “acute radiation syndrome” as well as leg wounds from the explosion.
His skin suffered “contamination with radionuclides”, which had also accumulated in his body.
The man suffered a dose of 30,000 gray, the unit measuring radiation, which was described by one expert as “one thousand times higher than lethal” according to media outlet Newsreader, which revealed the leak.
He died en route to Moscow after being seen by doctors in a hospital in nearby Arkhangelsk.
It is alleged that Russia’s military did not disclose the man had been injured in a nuclear leak, putting medics and other patients, including pregnant women, in danger.
Independent outlet Meduza revealed that radiation monitors came to the hospital while surgery linked to the incident was still being carried out.
“The dosimetrists showed up and started measuring beta radiation levels,” said a source at the hospital.
“They ran out of the operating room in terror.
“Doctors caught them in the hallway, and they confessed that the beta radiation was off the scale.”
A bath and other hospital equipment were removed because they were found to be highly radioactive.
HISTORY OF COVER UPS
The incident is not the first nuclear explosion the Russian government has sought to play down or cover up.
In 1986, the worst nuclear disaster in history occurred at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union.
The accident saw the plant’s nuclear reactor go into meltdown as a result partly of human error and partly of design flaws.
Twenty eight people died in the days and months after the incident, but 4,000-16,000 people are thought to have died across Europe since as a result of radioactive exposure.
The Soviets initially denied any incident had taken place, conceding that a minor incident had occurred only when radiations levels set off alarms in Sweden, more than 600 miles away.
The scale of the situation only became clear to the international community once the government began evacuating more than 100,00 people from the area.
SITE CLOSED AND GUARDED
Images and video have also emerged showing a platform or pontoon badly damaged in the explosion.
The footage shows a radiation reading being taken several hundreds metres from the visibly damaged platform, which sits just off shore.
The detector gives a reading of 5-6 micro-roentgen per hour, within normal limits, but on expert has said the structure itself may still be highly contaminated.
The site remains guarded and closed off to locals.
Footage has also emerged of a military figure telling residents that those killed were by the explosion itself, not be exposure to radiation.
Captain Vladimir Bosy, commander of military unit 09703, which had been deployed at the naval testing station, was secretly filmed telling locals: “On 8 August people went out to the pontoon and it exploded from underneath.
“They were killed because the pontoon was lifted up into the air.
“And those on the pontoon got dreadful injuries.”
“Works had been carried out in order to test one of the engines for a missile.
“This missile engine is fed by radioactive isotopes…. they are its power source.
“An extraordinary situation took place and as a result of it, there was an explosion.
“But it was not a nuclear explosion, it was an explosion of an explosive substance.”
He added that “horrors would follow” if people were to visit the site.
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The Kremlin last week hit out at anonymous doctors alleging radiation poisoning.
“Someone wants to deliberately escalate information tensions, distort reality, and present the situation as if there were prerequisites for danger,” a spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin’s said.
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