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21.05.2000

Accusation against Vladimir Soyfer

   

Federal Service of Security (FSS) of Russia started a case against professor Vladimir Soyfer, a specialist in nuclear oceanology from Vladivostok. The FSS accuses Vladimir Soyfer, a 69-year-old professor, of high treason. On 3 July FSS agents searched Soyfer. s apartment and his laboratory, finding various secret documents and photo films.

The newspaper . Izvestiya. writes, referring to the FSS, that such documents may not be kept either in the apartment or in the laboratory.

The laboratory is sealed, and all the confiscated documents are passed to the 8 thDirectorate of the general headquarters (military counterintelligence). The experts of the 8 thDirectorate are studying the confiscated documents.

At present professor Soyfer is staying at the Moscow hospital of the Academy of Sciences, since he suffers from sugar diabetes. He is not officially accused yet. Professor Soyfer has been investigating the radioactive pollution of the ocean for 40 years. In particular, he investigated the consequences of the burial of the radioactive waste of the Pacific Navy in the Japanese Sea.

The press-secretary of the Pacific Oceanological Institute, where professor Soyfer works, told Reuter that the professor lately investigated the radioactive pollution as a consequence of the accident at the atomic submarine in 1985. On 10 August 1985 on the submarine K-314, during the compression of recharging reactors, because of violating the procedure, a non-controlled chain reaction occurred in the port-side reactor. As the result of the explosion ten members of the crew died and the shelf was polluted with radioactive substances. The pollution spot crossed the peninsular Dunay and by the sea it reached the shore of the Ussuri bay. Aerosol particles polluted the area up to 30 kilometers from the explosion.

In his investigations professor Soyfer had a lot of difficulties in getting information because of the counteraction of the Pacific Navy commandment and the FSS.

This spring he went to Moscow and met with academician Velikhov. The latter introduced Soyfer to admiral Vladimir Kuroyedov, the commander-in-chief of Russian Navies. Admiral Kuroyedov wrote a letter to Mikhail Zakharenko, the commander of the Pacific Navy, asking him to help the research. Nonetheless, professor Soyfer was soon deprived of the security clearance. The FSS is displeased with Vladimir Soyfer even more, because Soyfer. s brother emigrated to the USA and now works as a professor in Washington, being one of the leading consultants of George Soros in questions of giving grants to Russian scientists and ecological organizations. The FSS used to assert that Soros tries to americanize the Russian society and cooperates with Western intelligence services.

In the press release of the social ecological union, published several days after the FSS action against Soyfer, it is said that instead of the protection of Russia from importing radioactive and toxic waste, the FSS prosecutes those, who cares of the ecological security of Russia.

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