Safety has been very seriously questioned at Russia's Leningrad plant. A report written by Sergei Karitonov, who worked at the plant for 27 years, alleges that upgrades to safety systems at unit 1 were rushed, and in some cases carried out by unqualified personnel.
Examples of problems at the plant include the theft of switches from a security system capable of triggering a shutdown and, the leakage of rainwater through the roof onto a 20kV cable.
Independently, Mosnews has reported that three valves were stolen from the plant on 7 October and the St. Petersburg Times reported that there were five shutdowns among the plant's four units and two fatal accidents in the first half of this year.
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