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Scientists assess potential impact of Japan nuclear failures on Russia - expert

Radioactivity SymbolST. PETERSBURG. March 15 (Interfax) - Scientists at the Pavel Ramzayev Radiation Hygiene Research Institute in St. Petersburg are assessing the potential impact the recent failures at Japanese nuclear power plants might have on Russia.

As soon as a forecast is compiled, which may take a few days, it will be sent to the Federal Consumer Rights Supervision Service (Rospotrebnadzor) and then published on the Internet, Nadezhda Vishnyakova, the institute's deputy head, has told Interfax.

"Nor all information about the research can be disclosed, but we have already started.

The document will be ready in the coming days," she said.

The institute will dispatch specialists to Russia's eastern borders to monitor the situation.

"Information is coming in from Rospotrebnadzor departments in Vladivostok and other neighboring cities and we are using it," Vishnyakova said.

Experts of the Ramzayev institute worked in areas affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.

The current forecast is being compiled at the request of Rospotrebnadzor head and Russia's chief epidemiologist Gennady Onishchenko.

He noted, however, that even the most unfavorable scenario in Japan would not affect Russia.

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