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Russia: Decommissioning Atomic Submarines

The North Sea fleet was once the pride of the Soviet Union, but now its radioactive legacy threatens fishing grounds in the Arctic Sea. That could be about to change.

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When the Soviet Union collapsed, its fleet of nuclear submarines became a ticking time bomb. An agreement to destroy the nuclear legacy of the Cold War has been in force for a decade, as the international community tries to stop radioactive material from damaging the environment or falling into the hands of terrorists. Germany is providing the necessary infrastructure for the project. German engineers are due to hand the site over in 2014.