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Has an entire Russian town been poisoned by Putin's secret 'nuclear disaster'? Military doctors descend on town nearest to mystery blast to give every resident an 'urgent health check'

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/08/2019 Will Stewart

a large green field: Every villager in Nyonoksa will receive an urgent medical check by top doctors from Moscow

Every villager in Nyonoksa will receive an urgent medical check by top doctors from Moscow
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Top Moscow doctors will give urgent medical checks to each resident of a village nearest to the site of a mysterious explosion that killed five Russian weapons researchers.

The 'health examinations' - which locals say are unprecedented - follow a visit to Nyonoksa, in the Arkhangelsk region, by 'people in military uniform' to gather the names of every person who was in the settlement when the accident happened eight days ago.

There is speculation that Russia was testing a superweapon when a suspected nuclear leak occurred.

However, Moscow authorities have not provided full details of the incident, with the Kremlin declaring: 'Accidents happen.'

The mysterious incident led to a 'radiation spike' in nearby city Severodvinsk, according to reports, where levels were 'up to 16 times' the normal level.

A local woman told regional news source 29.ru that military emissaries had been sent to establish which of the 500 villagers were in Nyonoksa when the explosion occurred.

She said: 'There were messengers in military uniform. They wrote down names of everyone who was here on 8 August.

'We were told doctors from Moscow will come here to see them.'

Another source confirmed they had been told specialist medics would be flown to Nyonoksa, which is 810 miles north of Moscow.

'They said that the doctors are from Moscow,' said the resident.

The report said such medical checks had never occurred previously, even though the village is next to a weapons testing range at land and sea.

If confirmed, the examinations suggest official concern over the potential impact of the explosion.

People injured in the explosion have been taken to a medical facility in Moscow that specialises in radiation.

Medics who were the first to treat these victims have also been taken to the facility.

It is unclear how many people were present in the village, in the Arkhangelsk region, when the explosion happened.

Earlier this week the authorities announced an evacuation from Nyonoksa, but then abruptly 'postponed' it.

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Norway said on Thursday it had detected tiny amounts of radioactive iodine in a region bordering Russia after an explosion at a Russian missile testing site.

The sample was collected at an air filter station in Svanhovd between 9-12 August.

'At present it is not possible to determine if the last iodine detection is linked to the accident in Arkhangelsk last week,' said the Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority.

US nuclear experts blamed the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile for the mysterious explosion. 

a man and a woman smiling for the camera: Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, was one of the experts killed in the blast. His widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, posted a tribute: 'I love you my dear, how will I live without you? You are my everything.'

Vyacheslav Lipshev, 40, was one of the experts killed in the blast. His widow Natalia Alexeeva, 40, posted a tribute: 'I love you my dear, how will I live without you? You are my everything.'
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The Russian Ministry of Defence, quoted by state-run news outlets, had reported the blast was from liquid propellant for a rocket engine.

Thousands of people attended the burials of the five nuclear engineers killed in the accident in the city of Sarov.  

Two of the men were blown into the sea at the top secret naval weapons testing zone in the White Sea.

Their bodies were initially lost but later found and funerals for all those killed were to be held in a secret closed nuclear research town in Sarov from where foreigners are banned.

According to one version, the troubling missile accident came as the scientists were working on the nuclear engine of deadly Burevestnik cruise missile with 'unlimited range' - nicknamed the 'Flying Chernobyl' - when it exploded.

One of the dead was Evgeny Korotaev, 50, a leading electronics engineer and also a popular DJ, whose second wife had given birth to twin girls just seven months ago.

Like the other dead, he worked for the classified Institute of Experimental Physics based in Sarov, 235 miles east of Moscow, known as Arzamas-16 in Soviet times.


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