Author`s name Michael Simpson

Russian Military Prosecutor's Office Inspects Missile Silos

The areas are actually dangerous for the population
At the end of March, Russia's Central Military Prosecutor's Office started its independent investigation of the events connected with the burial grounds in blown-up missile silos in the Teykovsky and Komsomolsky districts in the Ivanovo region.

According to materials of a check-up held by the Ivanovo regional Prosecutor's Office (the office handed the case over to the military), 52 combat and one training missile silos were blew up in the region. Thirty three missile silos became burial grounds for bank notes withdrawn from circulation. As the Prosecutor's Office informs, it is impossible to determine the type of substance kept in the missile silos, the toxicity level and its potential danger to the environment because the Office has no special equipment to do it.

Valentina Gubernatorova, the head physician of the Ivanovo regional sanitary and epidemiology board organized a special expedition to the missile silos to take samples of soil near the four silos. The soil was tested for heavy metals, and the testing proved that the allowed norm was exceeded several times. For example, lead salt percentage near the village of Koptevo was 50 times higher than the norm. Further tests proved that the substance was toxic. 

The 117th Central laboratory of the Strategic Purpose Missile Troops also held investigations in the Ivanovo region, but discovered nothing dangerous either in the missile silos or near them. 

The Ivanovo regional FSB department also declares that there is no problem connected with the missile silos. Ivanovo governor Vladimir Tikhonov charged the Chemical Engineering University of Ivanovo with holding an independent expertise of the substance in the missile silos.

Alexey Kotlyar
Kursiv Ivanovo

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