Russia has confirmed spike in radioactivity and “extremely high” concentrations of the radioactive isotope Ru-106 in the Southern Urals in September.However, it denies there was a nuclear accident and did not point to any specific source of the pollution.
Small quantities of ruthenium 106 were detected also in the atmosphere of Greece, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Finland, Austria, Slovenia.Russia’s meteorological service says it measured “extremely high” concentrations of the radioactive isotope ruthenium-106 (Ru-106) in the Urals in late September.
The November 21 statement by Rosgidromet comes after France’s nuclear-safety agency earlier this month said that a cloud of radioactive pollution over Europe the last week of September probably originated from a nuclear facility in Russia or Kazakhstan. Neither Russia nor Kazakhstan has acknowledged any accident.