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 Chernobyl. The aftermath of the (much smaller) nuclear accident that occurred this month in  Russia’s Arkhangelsk region carries unsettling echoes of the Chernobyl cover up of 30 years ago. Photograph:  Yuri Kazakov/Reuters

In an early scene in Chernobyl, the HBO drama written by Craig Mazin, the local party apparatchiks have gathered in an underground bunker at 4am to di(...)

A picture taken in 2011 shows buildings at a military base in the small town of Nenonska in the Arkhangelsk region.  Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two weeks after a nuclear accident at a Russian military site on the White Sea, Moscow has still not explained what happened, why it happened or what (...)

A picture taken on November 9, 2011 shows buildings at a military base in the small town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk region. - Russia’s nuclear agency chief on August 12th confirmed that five scientists killed last week were developing “new weapons” and vowed to continue testing despite the explosion. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russian authorities announced the evacuation of the village nearest to the site of a nuclear accident in northern Russia on Tuesday, suggesting danger(...)

Russian authorities had previously said two people had been killed in the incident at a testing site in the Arkhangelsk region on Thursday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom said on Saturday that five of its staff members were killed in an accident during tests on a military site in no(...)

Two people were killed on Thursday when a rocket engine exploded during a test in the town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Residents of two northern Russian cities are stocking up on iodine that is used to reduce the effects of radiation exposure after a mysterious accide(...)

A picture taken on November 9th, 2011 shows buildings at a military base in the small town of Nyonoska in Arkhangelsk region, where two people were killed on Thursday when a rocket engine exploded during a test. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Two people were killed and a nearby city reported a rise in radiation levels when a rocket engine blew up at a testing site in northern Russia on Thu(...)