Head of Roshydromet Maxim Yakovenko commented on reports of contamination with ruthenium-106.
‘Recently, the media have been reporting more frequently on the concentration of ruthenium-106 on the territory of Russia and abroad. In this regard, I would like to underline once again that at the end of September the automatic monitoring system recorded an increased content of ruthenium-106 not only in Russia, but also on the territory of other countries including Poland, Bulgaria, and Romania. At the same time, the concentration recorded was at a level of thousands of times lower than permissible values. For comparison, the concentration of ruthenium in Romania was 1.5-2 times higher than in Russia; in Ukraine and Poland the concentration was comparable to that in Russia. There was no concentration higher than permissible levels, and it does not pose any danger to the population. The published data does not allow us to establish the location (country) of the pollution source’, he said.