It has previously said that the peak radiation reading in Severodvinsk on
The authorities said those readings didn't pose any danger, and the recorded levels were several times less than what a passenger is exposed to on a long-haul flight.
But, he said, the tests at the range "were related to the development of weapons, which we had to start creating as one of the retaliatory measures in connection with the
Contradictory statements from the authorities and their reluctance to reveal details of the explosion have drawn comparisons to the Soviet cover-up of the 1986 explosion and fire at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Russian media reported that the victims of the explosion received high doses of radiation. They said that medical workers at the Arkhangelsk city hospital that treated three of those injured said they hadn't been warned that they would treat people exposed to radiation and lacked elementary protective gear.
Asked about the doctor's statement, Kremlin spokesman
Officials have said the explosion in Nyonoksa occurred during tests of a "nuclear isotope power source" of a rocket engine — a cryptic description that made many observers conclude that the test involved one of