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Kremlin ‘tried to hide nuclear arms accident’ | World – The Times

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Four Russian monitoring stations designed to detect radioactivity fell silent after an explosion thought to have involved a nuclear-powered engine for a missile, raising suspicions of an attempt by Moscow to blur the truth.

The Dubna and Kirov stations stopped transmitting on August 10, two days after the blast on a platform in the White Sea in northern Russia that killed five people and caused a peak in radiation levels. Two other stations, the Bilibino and Zalesovo, fell silent on August 13.

The stations are part of a global network of atmospheric sensors overseen by the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organisation that pick up radioactive particles from explosions.

Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the organisation, said that it was “addressing with station operators technical problems experienced…

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