The Soviet Union’s Secret Nuclear Disaster

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During the Cold War, the Soviet Union kept many secret, one of which was the Mayak nuclear plant. So why was the Mayak plant kept a secret?

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Radioactive Contamination of the Techa River and its Effects
http://users.physics.harvard.edu/~wilson/publications/pp747/techa_cor.htm
“Soviet nuclear science and technology made great achievements before the Second World War. But War (1941 – 1945) completely stopped all Soviet studies in this field.”

The Nuclear Disaster of Kyshtym 1957 and the Politics of the Cold War
http://www.environmentandsociety.org/arcadia/nuclear-disaster-kyshtym-1957-and-politics-cold-war
“In the late afternoon of 29 September 1957, residents of the Chelyabinsk district in the Southern Urals noticed unusual bluish-violet colors in the sky.”

Nuclear Accidents in the Former Soviet Union:Kyshtym, Chelyabinsk, and Chernobyl
http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a254669.pdf
“In September 1991, three weeks after the attempted putsch, I represented the Defense Nuclear Agency/Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute as part of a United States Information Agency (USIA) contingent in Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia.”

Human rights activist forced to flee Russia following TV ‘witch-hunt’
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/20/russia-activist-flee-nuclear-tv-witch-hunt
“A human rights activist from a small town in the Urals has fled to Paris seeking asylum after a documentary on state TV channel Rossia 1 accused her of ‘industrial espionage’.”

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