On 29 October 1998, Judge Sergey Golets decided to return the case against Aleksandr Nikitin to the FSB for further investigations. Both the defence and the prosecution appealed this ruling to the Supreme Court.
"Aleksandr Nikitin disclosed state secrets and inflicted colossal damage on our national security while preparing the Bellona report," Russian Minister for Atomic Energy, Yevgeniy Adamov, told reporters on November 5. Thus, the prejudication against Nikitin from leading Russian officials continues, even after the verdict of the St. Petersburg City Court on October 29. The court decided to end the trial because the indictment was vague.comments
SEVERODVINSK (Bellona Web): The Severodvinsk branch of the Russian security police (FSB) has recommended the local journalists not to touch the Nikitin case. The warning has come after a local newspaper published an article in Nikitin's favour.comments