Dateline: September 1, 2000

This is a weekly electronic information service of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility

Editor: Tobias Damjanov, e-mail:   
INES homepage: http://inesglobal.org
INES International Office   
INES Chair: Prof. Armin Tenner   

CONTENTS of WNII No. 24/2000


INES and the "Kursk" disaster

Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, Russia

The Russian INES member organisation Centre for Arms Control, Energy and Environmental Studies, in its "START Web Site News" (*) issue of August 28, writes the following: (*) http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/  

Russian nuclear submarine accident became a major news for the period of last two weeks. Press continues discussing possible reasons for "Kursk" sinking. There are still many questions and controversial points in official information about the accident, which create a wide area for speculations. Eugene Miasnikov < > START Web Site editor, said, in an interview to Bergens Tidende, that existing facts suggest that the accident began in fact on Friday, August 11, when the submarine sank for some unidentified reasons; and explosions, detected in Norway the next day, became the finale of the tragedy ("Kursk" probably had an accident Friday, by Inge Sellevag, Bergens Tidende, August 23, 2000). Various versions of the accident are also discussed by experts:

Eugene Miasnikov's version is also supported by the fact that the Norwegian research vessel "Marjata" which was present 15 nautical miles from the place "Kursk" went down observed a rescue operation taking place midday Saturday. See also the pictures taken by "Marjata" on Monday, August 14-th.

"Kursk" accident emphasizes the importance of limiting covert anti-submarine activity near submarine bases:

See also the special section on submarine collisions (via:  http://www.armscontrol.ru/start/ )

Preparations for salvage of "Kursk" is going to take years, and it will require participation of other countries as well. Officials and experts state that there is no danger for radiation pollution of the Barents Sea, however environmentalists already raise alarms:

Rescue operation of "Kursk" clearly demonstrated the fact that the search and rescue service of the Russian Navy did not have appropriate technical means. However, this was not surprise at all for experts. Attached articles give some retrospective and explain existing capabilities to rescue a submarine and its crew (all papers are in Russian).

The detailed updates on "Kursk" accident were published by Komsomol'skaya Pravda, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, Izvestiya, Moskovskii Komsomolets, Novaya Gazeta and Russia Today. See also materials at the FAS and Center for Non-proliferation Studies web sites.

The accident with "Kursk" raises concerns about security of the Russian nuclear arsenal. President Vladimir Putin ordered higher pay on Friday for workers in Russia's struggling nuclear sector in his latest handout to the military since the Kursk submarine disaster.


"Kursk" A Death Notice

The INES International Office, together with the German INES member organisation "Scientists' Initiative Responsibility for Peace and Sustainability," has released the following Death Notice to be published in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung," one of the major German dailies:

We have not known each other Young seamen, officers, civilians of the Russian submarine Kursk. You and the relatives have our deepest sympathy. Also the disapproval of all lies holds us together.   There remains: Mourning - and to enable the truth to break through What is on board, have there been nuclear weapons? Why did any kind of help come so late?

(Please feel free to use this text for your own activities)

Article from NYTimes.com by Alla Yaroshinskaya

Entitled "A Putin Supporter Recants," INES Executive Committee member Alla Yaroshinskaya, previously a member of Boris Yeltsin's Presidential Council, has published an article in The New York Times on the Web on 24 August which provides her most recent view of Vladimir Putin.

To obtain the article, you can contact Alla Yaroshinskaya through: < >

USA: International exhibition of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation

The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation presents an international travelling exhibition from the Hiroshima and Nagasaki Peace Memorial Museums in Japan. This seminal event is being hosted in Santa Barbara by the Reynolds Gallery, Westmont College, 1-26 September this year.

The exhibit, "A Message of Peace," includes photographic panels and artifacts from the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many other community-wide exhibits and events will be held concurrently throughout the month of September.

For programme details and a calendar of events, contact: < >

B. Nassar: The First TMD already Built by US in Israel (TMD = Theater Missile Defense)

Egyptian INESAP member Bahig Nassar, who also happens to serve as the coordinator of the Cairo-based Arab Coordination Center of NGOs, wrote this statement in response to an article disseminated by the "Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space."  Entitled "Sen. Biden Promotes TMD and Instability," this original article dealt with the particular position of US Senator Biden.

You can obtain these two articles from the WNII editor.

If you would like to contact Bahig Nassar: < >

The "Global Network &" can be contacted through: < >


Abolition 2000 homepage: http://www.abolition2000.org  Grassroots News: http://www.napf.org/abolition2000/news/  

Research project about miniaturized nuclear weapons

The chairperson of the Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Commission, Arcata, California, USA, Michael W. Stowell, informs that he is beginning a research project about miniaturized nuclear weapons. It's not about the "mini-nuke" warheads that recently have come to light; he is interested in the "suitcase nukes" that have been and are being developed.

Please send him any articles or web addresses with pertinent information: < > http://www.arcatacityhall.org/nukefree/ 

NOTE in addition that the US-based "Proposition One Committee" is offering quite a few selected topical articles which appeared between December 1990 and January 2000. The corresponding URL reads:


Furthermore, you also could visit the Mini-Nuke Web Page of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL), USA:


Draft Paper for the Anti-Nuclear National Convention in India

In the course of preparing for the Anti-Nuclear National Convention, to be held in New Delhi, 11-13 November this year, a Draft of Concept Paper entitled "A Nuclear Disarmament Movement in India" has been made public. While it should serve as a basis for discussion, the participating organisations and people are aware that there can be certain differences of perspective, or disputes over details, or disagreements over precise formulation, as Achin Vanaik on behalf of the National Convention Preparatory Committee points out.

More details on this National Convention, and the Draft Paper are available from the Movement in India for Nuclear Disarmament (MIND): < >

More on the Independent Commission on the Verifiability of the CTBT (see also: WNII 21/00)

The Independent Commission on the Verifiability of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) has now been formally established. At its website http://www.ctbtcommission.org 

You can find more details, including a list of the Commissioners, as well as further information about the work of the Commission whose secretariat is the London-based Verification Research, Training and Information Centre (VERTIC). The Commission Secretary is Dr Oliver Meier.

For further information contact: Ellen Peacock, Information Officer, VERTIC: < >


International Ethics Survey for Scientists and Engineers

An international Web-based survey of scientists and engineers being conducted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and UNESCO's World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). The survey seeks to identify the ethical issues that advances in science and technology are likely to raise in the 21st century. Whatever your discipline or stage of your career, your participation will help COMEST and AAAS develop programs and activities that address these issues.

The core of the survey consists of the following four questions:

Survey results will be reported later this year on the Next Wave Web site.
To complete the survey, please visit: http://www.nextwave.org  

Mark S. Frankel Director, AAAS Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law Program


Nuclear Weapon-Free Zones: Crucial Steps Towards a Nuclear Free World

For more details, mailto:  

[Unfortunately, I got this conference information too late to be included in the last WNII issue; the ed.]


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