MOSCOW, AUGUST 17 - Approximately sixty members of the medical and paramedical staff of the Arkhangelsk hospital where the wounded of the failed missile test of Severodvinsk were admitted accepted the authorities' offer to undergo tests in Moscow. The Moscow Times reported that, according to his sources, one of the doctors was found Cesium-137 - a radioactive isotope that is a by-product of the nuclear fission of uranium-235 - in his muscle tissue.
One of the sources stated that the doctor in question told him directly, even though he had not been informed of the amount or concentration of the found isotope.
The Russian Federal Biomedical Agency (FMBA) denied the news, reporting that it had examined 91 doctors at the Arkhangelsk hospital following the Severodvinsk incident, and that "no case showed an excess of acceptable levels of radioactivity", he said. said the press service of the Ministry of Health in a note taken from Interfax.