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Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

Authorities in Kazakhstan have scrambled to reassure the public after an opposition politician in Russian warned of high radiation levels in a region near the border caused by a suspected leak of ruthenium-106 from a nuclear fuel processing plant.

Ksenia Sobchak, the socialite-turned-politician now running for the presidency in Russia, claimed in remarks to Rossiya-1 TV station that the city of Chelyanbinsk, which is 150 kilometers from the Kazakh border, has succumbed to a “ruthenium catastrophe.” She described the situation as comparable to Chernobyl.

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Kazakhstan: Official Tamps Down Ruthenium-106 Jitters

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