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Radioactive Waste Dumped in the Baltic

Published torsdag 4 februari 2010 kl 10.02
A Russian submarine near Helsinki

According to Swedish Television’s program Uppdrag Granskning, radioactive waste and chemical weapons could have been dumped in the Baltic Sea by the Russian military as late as the 1990s. The Swedish government at the time was said to be aware of the dumping, but the Ministry of Defence decided it would be too difficult to investigate the matter.

Swedish secret service agent Donald Forsberg holds that the Russians unloaded the chemicals near the island of Gotland between the years 1989 and 1992. “They just sailed out at night and dumped in two areas,” he told the television program.

The archives of the Swedish military intelligence service MUST house three separate secret reports that describe the night-time sinking of barrels with chemical weapons and radioactive waste.

Although then Minister of Defense Björn von Sydow does not remember the incident, the former Foreign Minister’s political advisor, Sven Olof Pettersson, clearly remembers Anna Lindh’s anger at the reports.

She wanted the matter to be investigated, he says, but the Ministry of Defence replied that it would be too difficult and too costly to find the chemical waste without knowing its exact location.

A proposed gas pipeline from Russia will not pass through the area in question off the coast of Gotland, though there are plans to lay a fiberoptic cable nearby.

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