December 13, 1985
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev said his country has dismantled the launchers for SS-20 missiles that he previously said had been withdrawn from standby alert in Europe, Tass news agency said. In Paris in October, Gorbachev said missiles that had been on standby alert west of the Ural Mountains had been removed. These missiles were in addition to the 243 SS-20s already deployed on Soviet territory in Europe.
October 15, 1989 |
The deliberate detonation of an atomic bomb during a 1954 military exercise in the Ural Mountains killed and injured large numbers of servicemen, a report in Izvestia said. The government daily published the account of an officer who took part in the exercise, but it gave no exact casualty toll. He said many survivors suffered long-term effects of exposure to radiation. The use of the bomb to test troops' battle readiness was first disclosed last month by the army daily Krasnaya Zvezda.
June 16, 1989 |
The Soviet Union officially acknowledged for the first time today that there was a powerful nuclear explosion at an atomic weapons plant in the Ural Mountains in September, 1957. The accident, kept secret by authorities until now, created a radioactive trail 65 miles long and 5 to 6 miles wide, and forced the evacuation of more than 10,000 people, the official Tass news agency said. More than 30 years later, large areas around the town of Kasli, 60 miles north of the city of Chelyabinsk, were still contaminated and water reserves were undrinkable, it said.
December 1, 1988
Satellite photographs showing the site of a Soviet nuclear accident said to have occurred in 1957--but never acknowledged by Moscow--were published by a Swedish space research company. The computer-enhanced images showed that a 100-square-mile area around a military nuclear complex east of the Ural Mountains was still abandoned three decades after the disaster. About 30 villages that appeared on pre-1950 maps were overgrown or destroyed.
December 23, 2013 |
MOSCOW -- Weapons designer Mikhail Kalashnikov, whose eponymous assault rifle changed the face of international conflict, died Monday at a clinic in central Russia. He was 94. The creator of the legendary AK-47, which became widely known as the Kalashnikov, was hospitalized a month ago with stomach bleeding for which he was operated on, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. Until his last day, Kalashnikov was the head of Izhmash, a weapons manufacturing plant in Izhevsk, the capital of the central Russian republic of Udmurtia.
October 17, 2013 |
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Ukrainian astronomers say an asteroid might collide with Earth in a couple of decades, a Russian news service reported Thursday. Space watchers from the observatory in the Crimean peninsula said they discovered an asteroid about 1,345 feet in diameter, which they call 2013 TV135, that is approaching Earth at a potentially dangerous trajectory, RIA Novosti said. The astronomers calculated the date of a potential collision as Aug. 26, 2032, the news service said, but they acknowledged the odds of an impact as 1 in 63,000.