Fire Breaks Out at Polish National Center for Nuclear Research – Is It Accident or Kremlin’s Strategic Move?

  • The Polish National Center for Nuclear Research has been Poland's top research facility since 1955.
  • The fire started in the ventilation system.
  • Poland is a member of NATO.

There are reports of the fire that started inside the ventilation system in the Polish National Center of the Nuclear Research in the city of Svierk, 30 km  from Warsaw. Th Center has been Poland’s top location for nuclear research since 1955. Over the decades several Swierk institutes formed the core of Poland nuclear ambitions, creating four of Poland’s five nuclear research reactors and critical assemblies, all but one of which is still at service.

The Maria Reactor.

During the first decades from 1955 to 1982 Poland’s nuclear research was centralized in the Instytutu Badań Jądrowych (IBJ), which was split up in 1982 due to political dissent within the scientific staff. The center also develops new radiopharmaceuticals and manufactures them. It is the of the leading radiopharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.

Radiopharmaceuticals, or medicinal radiocompounds, are a group of pharmaceutical drugs containing radioactive isotopes. Radiopharmaceuticals can be used as diagnostic and therapeutic agents.

The center also manufactures dedicated machines and equipment for medicine. There is also manufacturing subassembly for space missions. The Maria reactor is Poland’s second nuclear research reactor and the only one still in use located at Świerk-Otwock.

At this time, according to the available information, there are no radioactive contamination detected and the fire has been extinguished.

Why suddenly a fire at that facility? The timing is interesting: while the world is focusing on dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, there are certain geopolitical shifts occurring behind the scenes. Currently, coronavirus has surpassed 4 million cases and over 280,000 deaths around the globe. Meanwhile, the Kremlin is quietly pushing its agenda.

It has recently been reported that the mayor of Prague is being guarded around the clock after reports that he and another Prague official were likely targets of a Russian poisoning plot. The unnamed security sources claim a suspected Russian intelligence officer arrived in the Czech capital three weeks ago on a diplomatic passport and with a suitcase containing Ricin.

Ricin is water-soluble, odorless, tasteless, and stable under ambient conditions. Depending on the route of exposure (such as injection or inhalation), as little as 500 µ of ricin could be enough to kill an adult. Nothing regarding the alleged plot has been proven at this time. Additionally, within a few weeks a very strange set of “suicides” happened involving two powerful men in Moscow.

Ricin Potential Bioterror Weapon.

All these “strange”  incidents occurred within a month and in the former “Eastern Block”. Last month Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the Russian populous is growing fond of the idea of a ressurection of the Soviet Union. It is plausible that by weakening the former Eastern Block nations (using fear?), Russia is preparing the springboard to gain back influence over the former Communist Block.

In the last century, the Eastern Bloc (also known as the Communist Bloc, the Socialist Bloc and the Soviet Bloc), was the group of communist states of Central and Eastern Europe, East Asia, and Southeast Asia under Soviet tyranny that existed during the Cold War (1947–1991).

The Eastern Block included: East Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, and Albania. Also, under the Brezhnev Doctrine, the Soviet Union reserved the right to intervene in other socialist states. Could it be possible, Putin is bringing back this doctrine covertly?

The Map of the Former Eastern Block Countries Highlighted in Yellow.

The Brezhnev Doctrine was a Soviet foreign policy that proclaimed any threat to socialist rule in any state of the Soviet bloc in Central and Eastern Europe was a threat to them all, and therefore justified the intervention of fellow socialist states. Do not forget the new proposed amendments to the Russian constitution, proposed by Putin earlier this year, contain a clause about a threat to any “Russian citizens” abroad. That is the operative clause that will be used in Ukraine’s Donetsk region. That is why Russia is so eager to give Russian passports to the residents of those areas.

It is possible that the fire was a warning to Poland and somehow Russia had a hand in it. Poland has always been adamant in resistance to Russia, is a full fledged member of NATO and has participated in over 14 joint missions. The fire might not be coincidental, because it occurred in a strategically important location for Poland. This center is vital for Poland and has many functions and mandates that range from electricity supply to medical equipment and even space exploration.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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