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Zheleznodorozhny criminal radiological act, 1995

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 24 September 2007

Date: ~February-7 July 1995

Location: Zheleznodorozhny, Moscow region, Russia

Type of event: criminal act involving radioactive material


A person suffered radiation injury from a 1.3-curie cesium-137 source that had been placed in a door pocket of his truck. The driver was exposed for 5 months before the source was discovered, about the time he sought treatment for epilation of the thigh, moderate pancytopaenia, and azoospermia. Dose to the person was 800 rad whole body and 6,500 rad to the thigh. After 8 months of treatment, the person developed myelodsplastic syndrome which progressed to leukemia at 15 months. He was hospitalized periodically from 7 July 1995 to 27 April 1997, when he died.

Consequences: 1 fatality.


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