The Soviet Union performed 715 nuclear weapons tests, 132 of which took place on the test ranges of Novaya Zemlya Island, 900 kilometres north-west of Norway’s Finnmark County and 280 kilometres east of the Russian mainland town of Amaderm. Testing on Novaya Zemlya ceased in 1990, but of the test performed there beginning in 1957, 86 were atmospheric, 43 were underground and three were underwater. Results from the fallout from the Novaya Zemlya tests remains an issue, especially in Finnmark. In 1990, prior to cessation of tests on Novaya Zemlya, Bellona activists traveled to surrounding waters to protest.
NEW YORK – A little more than two weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the resumption of Cold War era nuclear bomber patrols over US interests, America apparently did Putin the favor of buzzing itself with a payload of atomic bombs by mistake, according to an Agency France Presse report.comments
NEW YORK – A senior Russian Air Force official confirmed bombers had resumed long term flights to monitor NATO activities in the Atlantic, but denied the planes were carrying nuclear bombs, the Chinese newswire Xinhua reported.comments
Minatom to continue subcritical testing on Novaya Zemlya in 2000.comments
Russian nuclear strategic Delta IV class submarine successfully launched a ballistic missile from the Arctic ice cap on September 10th. This is a step forward for the Russian navy. The last launch of such complexity was last time carried out in 1991.comments