- There are theories that have been brought forward, claiming the explosion is due to the testing of a nuclear powered cruise missile.
- One of the deceased, Alexey Vushin, is an expert working on the technical equipment application for the Large Hydron Collider (LHC) related experiments.
- Russia will continue testing and developing nuclear weapons and the tragedies will mount as Putin continues his ambition to be a top nuclear power.
This summer Russia suffered multiple tragedies in their defense sector, including the loss of lives on the “Losharik” nuclear submarine. The latest tragedy was an explosion during the Nenoksa Missile Test Site near Severodvink, a region in northern Russia. Both times, highly skilled Russian elite specialists died. The incident at the Russian defense nuclear testing facility claimed the lives of seven people and left others injured. Overall, it is the third incident within a week in the same geographical area.
Earlier, local residents observed flames pouring from the naval building headquarters, but when the firefighters arrived, they weren’t allowed in and were told it was just the burning of old documents. The explosion of an ammunition storage facility had been reported a few days before that.
Information is limited due to the classified defense technology involved in testing. If the tragedy was not during technical testing of something nuclear-related, what else explains the people wearing protective anti-radiation suits in the images released?
The official version of the incident released by ROSATOM insinuated it was a liquid rocket engine explosion. This is not plausible, as at this time there are no liquid fuel engines using radioactive elements. If such a rocket is put on the launch pad, anything radioactive is removed first. Either way, Russia would have no interest in that old technology.
However, there are theories that have been brought forward claiming the explosion is due to the testing of a nuclear powered cruise missile. According to NATO the classification is SSC X-9 Skyfall ( Russian classification 9M730-Burevestnik).
Last year, Putin mentioned the new rocket, including the fact it was successfully tested in 2017.
In the official release ROSATOM listed the names and bios of the deceased that lost their lives. One of the deceased, Alexey Vushin, is an expert working on the technical equipment application for Large Hydron Collider (LHC) related experiments. The LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland and is used to study elementary particles.
Combine Putin’s appetite for a resurrection of the Cold War Russia with his backing out of the nuclear treaty with the US, and add the late Vushin’s biography. There was a discovery at the University of Chicago not long ago that claimed it was possible to fuse together two quarks in a flash– creating a powerful subatomic analog of the individual nuclear fusion reaction that occurs in the core of hydrogen bombs.
When the two bottom quarks fuse, they produce 138 megaelectronvolts (MeV), which is eight times more powerful in comparison to the fusion events taking place in hydrogen bombs (in comparison, The Nuclear Weapon archive states individual reactions within the hydrogen bomb release close to 18 MeV).
The findings were available due to experiments from the LHC and it was claimed they could have military application. The possibility exists that if Vushin was present for testing on that level, it involved a new technology based on the above findings.
A myriad of outlets keep referring to the tragedy as “Archangelsk Chernobyl.” It is not the first time a Russian region has been referred to as “Chernobyl.” Previously, a Soviet military accidentally released anthrax in Svedrdlovk, which was referred to as a “Biological Chernobyl.”
Russia will continue testing and developing nuclear weapons and the tragedies will mount as Putin feeds his ambition to be a top nuclear power– all in complete disregard of human lives or the long term effects of radiation on the flora and fauna and additional contributions to Climate Change.