The US declassifies intelligence report on Chernobyl nuclear power station accident
American intelligence agency reports on higher death toll than the USSR has claimed.
The US National Archives publishes the first classified U.S. intelligence report on the Chernobyl accident. It reveals the possible number of victims of an explosion in a reactor, RIA Novosti reports.
The report to US Secretary of State George Shultz notes that American intelligence agency reports on higher death toll than the USSR claimed in the first days after the Chernobyl accident.
As an argument, data on the number of workers at each of the RBMK-1000 reactors are given. “25–35 people are on duty at night. Since the 3rd and 4th power units are located close to each other, the number of people around the reactor could be up to 70,” the document says.
Abramowitz's letter notes that everyone who was near the fourth power unit died immediately or received lethal doses of radiationб according to the photos.
The document is published out of the release of a book by journalist and former member of the Presidential Council under Boris Yeltsin Alla Yaroshinskaya. The book includes diary entries, reports from meetings of the Politburo, and other materials.