23 August 2019, 15:18

Doctors tell about receiving "radioactive patients" after explosion near Arkhangelsk. Conversation with reporters was anonymous

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The doctors who received the injured from the scene of the explosion at a Russian military training ground near Arkhangelsk were not informed that the patients were a source of radiation.

Employees of the Arkhangelsk Regional Clinical Hospital told BBC about the fact.

Reportedly the doctors agreed to talk with reporters on condition of anonymity. They explained their desire to share information by the fact that, firstly, they were afraid for their health, and secondly, they did not want this situation to happen again.

“We don’t want to be the instigators of the Orange Revolution, but most of all we don’t want that next time, God forbid, not three, but ten people were brought to us, and the information is also concealed,” said one of them.

Thus, due to ignorance, 90 people came into contact with those affected by radiation, but even more people may be at risk.

According to the interlocutor, only after the victims were taken to Moscow, decontamination was carried out in this part of the hospital.

“Our nurses, they needed advice, they were simple village people, they grabbed these bags and carried them in heaps, and not during one day, but two days. But they are all emitting beta radiation at 20 centimeters, 5 centimeters! Well someone at least should have given a command: Halt, do not touch it,” he said.

It is noted that the staff is still very stressed, because information about the threat to their life had been hidden from them..

“They are just depressed, terrible stress was felt, everyone had this grievous state. We were just left behind … And after that this terrible feeling suddenly comes upon,” one of the employees said.

QHA media reported, that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation said that after the emergency at the military training ground near Arkhangelsk there were no emissions of harmful substances into the atmosphere and the radiation background was normal. But after some time, the Russian media reported that after the explosion at the Russian Navy training ground near Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk region, an increase in the radiation background was recorded.

The Russian Greenpeace branch stated the Russian authorities were hiding information about the real level of radiation after the explosion at a military training ground in the Arkhangelsk region, and Lassina Zerbo, Secretary of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, said that two days after the explosion, two Radiation monitoring stations in Dubno and Kirov stopped transmitting data. Russia, in turn, claimed that the suspension of data transmission was caused by communication problems.