ZAES CEO Murashov kidnapped by Russians - Energoatom

07:59 01 October Kyiv, Ukraine

A Russian patrol detained Igor Murashov, Director General of the Zaporizhzhya NPP, on the way from the station to Energodar. This was stated by Energoatom President Petr Kotin on his Telegram channel on Saturday, October 1.

The report says that the invaders stopped the car of the general director, and he himself was detained by force and blindfolded and taken away in an unknown direction. There is currently no information on the whereabouts of Igor Murashov.

"The Director General of ZNPP is a licensed person - he bears the main and exclusive responsibility for the nuclear and radiation safety of the Zaporizhzhya NPP. His detention poses a threat to the operation of Europe's largest nuclear power plant," Kotin said.

The President of Energoatom called for the immediate release of Murashov and his return to service at the nuclear power plant.

"I separately appeal to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, WANO Head Tom Mitchell with a call to use all possible measures to urgently release Igor Murashov from the captivity of the Russian occupiers and return him to his official duties," Kotin added.

Recall, the IAEA reported that the explosion of a land mine, which occurred on September 30, damaged a low-voltage electrical cable near the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant.

The IAEA also suggested that the explosions near the ZNPP could be provoked by animals.