8 more capsules with radioactive materials discovered in Georgia

According to the Georgian environmental minister Nino Chkhobadze, one capsule containing Cs-137 was discovered on the premises of former Soviet rocket base of Vaziani in Georgia, not far from the capital Tbilisi. The capsule was secured to be consequently destroyed. A specially established governmental commission believes there are 7 additional capsules to be found in the area.

The found capsule is similar to those 15 disclosed in the first part of October near training centre in Lilo, premises of Tbilisi. The soldiers who discovered them received high doses of radiation.

The Georgian governmental commission has defined 300 locations in the former Soviet republic worth searching for similar radioactive sources. For the future, all the military objects located in the country are to be controlled for radioactive leftovers.

Igor Kudrik

igor@bellona.no