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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russian Missile Center Suffers Power Outage

Electricity was temporarily cut Wednesday to the command center for Russia's nuclear missiles, and only a switch to a reserve power system prevented a loss of control, the Strategic Rocket Forces said.

The reason for the outage was unclear, but the authorities often disconnect power to military installations that do not pay their bills.

Spokesmen for the Strategic Rocket Forces, which oversee Russia's intercontinental ballistic missiles, told Itar-Tass the cutoff posed a threat to national security.

It is illegal to cut off power to such sensitive facilities as the Strategic Rocket Forces' Central Command Post, Itar-Tass said.

The military agency said electricity at the Moscow-area facility was disconnected at 2:30 P.M. by order of Pavel Sinyukov, a director of Moscow's power grid.

Duty officers promptly switched to an autonomous power supply and were able "to avoid substantial complications in managing the nuclear weapons of the Strategic Rocket Forces," the agency told Itar-Tass.

"The combat readiness of the Strategic Rocket Forces has not been affected and remains as before at the proper level," it was quoted as saying.

A spokesman for Mosenergo, which is in charge of power in the Moscow area, confirmed the outage.