The head of the Russian-occupied Zaporizhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine, Ihor Murashov, has been arrested. Russian authorities today informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that the director general of Europe’s largest nuclear power plant “has been temporarily detained to answer questions,” an IAEA spokesperson in Vienna said today.
According to Ukrainian sources, Murashov was kidnapped by Moscow troops. The president of the Ukrainian operating company Enerhoatom, Petro Kotin, said that the day before the head of the nuclear power plant had been stopped in the street by a Russian patrol at the site of the Enerhodar nuclear power plant, dragged out of the car and taken blindfolded to an unknown. localization. Russia has occupied the nuclear plant since the beginning of March.
“There is no information about his fate,” Kotin said on the Telegram news channel. He accused Russia of nuclear terrorism against the plant’s management and employees. Murashov, who is primarily responsible for the safe operation and nuclear safety of the plant, must be released immediately. Kotin also urged IAEA chief Rafael Grossi to campaign for Murashov’s release. The IAEA contacted the Russian authorities and demanded clarification.