MOSCOW — The Kremlin removed the head of the state atomic safety committee today, nearly three months after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, and a news weekly said the accident has forced a review of atomic power policy.
The magazine New Times indicated that radiation still is leaking in small amounts from the crippled Chernobyl reactor, about 80 miles north of Kiev in the Soviet Ukraine.
In a one-sentence announcement, Tass press agency said the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet had "released from his duties" Yevgeny V. Kulov, 57, chief of the State Committee for Safety in the Atomic Power Industry since 1983.
No Reason Given
It gave no reason for the move and did not list any new assignment, indicating that he was fired. It did not mention the Chernobyl accident or say who was replacing Kulov.