New details on the explosion that involved a Russian nuclear research centre in the Nenoksa missile base. The Kremlin admitted the tragedy while attributing it to accidents “that happen”: in these moments we must remember the heroes, added Dmitri Peskov. Words after silences and vague statements. 

The media, meanwhile, have specified that the doctors who assisted the wounded were sent to Moscow for checks and the health workers who took part have signed a document where they undertake not to reveal secrets. Instead, the evacuation of the inhabitants was cancelled, an order that had been announced in conjunction with unspecified military activities on the site. A succession of versions that still seem to confirm an event of a certain gravity.

Let’s start from the last case, the explosion in Nenoksa, centre where they study engines for intercontinental missiles in the Archangel region. Five deaths between technicians and scientists. Men who could soon be remembered as heroes with a posthumous honour. The official sources have talked about a problem during a test at a propeller, in particular at a small reactor. Incomplete explanations aggravated by alarms issued by local managers.

According to Greenpeace, the radiation level has increased 20-fold, while the Russian meteorological agency Rosgidromet has today indicated an increase of 16, a situation that has since returned – they said – to the rule. This is abnormal data – they explain – but not alarming. Reassurances accepted with scepticism by civilians, also because the navigation block had been announced for at least a month. A situation considered very serious by some US officials cited by the New York Times, even second only to the Chernobyl disaster. A probably excessive evaluation, the technicians argue, but it reflects concrete fears. As Donald Trump himself said: “It is not a good thing, we are acquiring information”.

Opinions aside, what happened prompted the intelligence to turn on the antennas. The US “watched” with their spy satellites, the experts set to work on the available material by combining their studies with rumours leaked from the world of spies. It is possible that the disaster occurred on an off-shore platform used to develop a nuclear propeller for the new SSC-X-9 atomic cruise missile (Burevestnick), a powerful and innovative weapon to offer to the Kremlin. A bomb that should put the adversaries in crisis and for this presented with great pride by Putin himself.

Jeffrey Lewis, one of Middlebury’s best-known researchers Institute of Monterey, underlined the presence in front of the base of the support vessel Serebryanka, already appeared during other experiments of the new missile. So the set of “open” and “secret” data could confirm the cruise thesis, with all the consequences of the case. At the same time we are in the midst of the new cold war, there is a US-Russian arms challenge, everyone tries to emphasise the rival’s troubles, problems – as the Russians themselves admit – are possible. Already a previous test of the device had been marked by a backhand. And if you want to expand the scenario, remember the alleged clandestine actions to electronically sabotage the strategic Iranian or North Korean programs, often slowed down by failures but not blocked.

At the beginning of July the Russian submarine Losharik and his mother- ship were engaged in an exercise when an explosion occurred. It was assumed that they were testing the new Poseidon underwater drone, also with significant performance. Fourteen dead soldiers. Some immediately awarded the title of “heroes” for the value and courage shown. Medals that are a perfect tribute to memory and an invitation to compactness.