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Nov 17, 2017

@alinaselyukh RIAR denies that anything happened there. ROSATOM, which runs RIAR, also says there haven't been any accidents at its facilities. Without more data, or a declaration of an incident or accident, we may never know more about what happened.

Nov 17, 2017

@alinaselyukh Most of the work has been happening at the Research Institute of Atomic Reactors in Dimitrovgrad. Atmospheric models are also pointing to Dimitrovgrad as the right area for the origin of the Ru-106.

Nov 17, 2017

@alinaselyukh And there's one separation process that makes Ru-106 as a biproduct: the separation of Molybdenum-99. Mo-99 is used for medical isotopes. Recently the Russians have been trying to increase their Mo-99 production...

Nov 17, 2017

@alinaselyukh It's all educated guesswork, BUT ru-106 doesn't normally just show up on its own. That's led some to suspect that whatever happened took place during isotope separation.

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