Russian military orders village evacuation, then cancels it
By Editor - Tue Aug 13, 1:19 pm
The Russian military on Tuesday told residents of a village near a navy testing range to evacuate, but cancelled the order hours later, adding to the uncertainty and confusion fueled by a missile explosion last week that led to a brief spike in radiation that frightened residents and raised new questions about the military’s weapons program. Initially the military told residents of Nyonoksa, a village of about 500, to move out temporarily, citing unspecified activities at the range. Local media in Severodvinsk said Nyonoksa residents regularly receive similar temporary evacuation orders usually timed to tests at the range.