New report presentation: Nuclear and radiation threats in the Russian Arctic

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Time and place

May 14, 2024

14:00 to 15:30 (GMT+3)


On May 14th from 14:00 to 15:30 (GMT+3) the nuclear advisors of The Bellona Environmental Transparency Center will host an online event to present new report on the nuclear and radiation threats in the Russian Arctic.

Register to get access to the report and YouTube-link and ask questions during the QA session. Languages of the event: English and Russian.

The Soviet nuclear legacy on the North-West of Russia includes the radionuclide-contaminated buildings of the former military base at Andreeva Bay, spent nuclear fuel from nuclear submarines and the status of sunken nuclear and radiation-hazardous objects at the bottom of the Arctic seas.

“As Russian money goes to war instead of environmental protection, the Russian Arctic remains a radiation threat”, – claims Bellona’s nuclear advisor and the author of the report Alexander Nikitin.

The greatest threat to the environment is the nuclear submarine K-27, whose reactors are loaded with highly enriched nuclear fuel. It was scuttled decades ago off the coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, where today the Russian Ministry of Defense is testing new weapons.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has stopped international cooperation to eliminate nuclear and radiation threats in this region. Before the war, Norway, with the support of a number of European countries, led large-scale efforts to rid the region of the Soviet nuclear legacy.