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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bellona Releases Nikitin's Report

OSLO -- Environmentalists released a report Monday that so closely probes the nuclear problems of Russia's Northern Fleet that a Russian contributor has been charged with spying.


The Oslo-based group Bellona said it hoped releasing the report would prove that all its information was obtained legally. Alexander Nikitin, a former Russian naval officer who provided information for the report, was arrested in February for allegedly revealing state secrets.


The report, presented at a news conference in Oslo, catalogs nuclear waste, reactors, accidents and nuclear warships at the Northern Fleet's base on the Kola Peninsula, which shares an arctic frontier with NATO-member Norway.


Bellona said 18 percent of the world's atomic reactors are in that part of Russia's arctic. Most, about 270 units, are used by the Northern Fleet, which can't afford to maintain or even secure its nuclear materials, the report said.