The lengths to which the Russian government will go to protect their image on the world’s stage has taken a dangerous and deadly turn this week as a clandestine nuclear test, and its subsequent coverup, take center stage.
The global community has long understood that The Russian Federation prefers to work in the shadows of society, particularly as it pertains to its military and technological might. Time and again we find The Kremlin looking to cover their tracks, no matter what the human cost of their actions may be. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 is a prime example, and one that has been in the public consciousness once again thanks to a critically acclaimed HBO miniseries on the subject.
Now, another nuclear disaster has undoubtedly occurred under The Kremlin’s watch, after what was believed to be a hypersonic missile test went fatally awry.
The latest reports out of the region have revealed an enormous, coordinated coverup that again points to Russia’s blatant and abhorrent irresponsibility.
Two Russian monitoring stations designed to detect nuclear radiation went silent soon after the explosion at a missile test site this month, spurring concerns among observers that the Russian government is trying to restrict evidence of the accident.
Two days after the explosion of a suspected nuclear-powered cruise missile undergoing testing Aug. 8, two monitoring stations nearest the site of the accident stopped transmitting data, Lassina Zerbo, who heads the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization, told The Wall Street Journal.
The Russian monitoring stations, called Dubna and Kirov after the places where they are located, were contacted immediately about the data disruption, Mr. Zerbo wrote in an email Sunday to the Journal, and Russian officials responded that they were experiencing “communication & network issues.”
“We are pending further reports on when the stations or the communication system will be restored to full functionality,” Mr. Zerbo added. He declined to speculate on what caused the outage.
The incident is already believed to have cost the lives of at least 7 nuclear scientists involved in the project, with fears abound that the ensuing coverup could wreak havoc on the region for decades to come.