Russia's Factory of Superheavy Elements is GURMO's Latest Breach
Included is the new DC-280 Cyclotron Particle Accelerator
Two years ago today, on March 25, 2019, the Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions (FLNR) at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) celebrated the inaugural launch of the Factory of Superheavy Elements (SHE) and the DC-280 Cyclotron that it housed.
“This accelerator exceeds parameters and the beam’s intensities of all facilities in other centres of the world in this field. It at least ten times exceeds what we already have in our Laboratory. It opens up brand-new opportunities in both synthesis of new elements and study of their properties,” noted FLNR Director S. N. Dmitriev during the opening ceremony.
Leadership in nuclear research has been Russia’s legacy ever since Dmitry Ivanovich Mendeleev, a Russian chemist, created the Periodic Table of Elements. The DC-280’s role will be to further analyze superheavy elements 114-118, and to synthesize elements 119 and 120, and that required the creation of a cyclotron with a beam intensity one order higher than what previously was possible.
This video shows a time-lapse of the construction. You’ll recognize some of the components shown in the schematic diagrams that GURMO exfiltrated from JINR labs during their intrusion.
The Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) in Dubna (about 110 kilometers north of Moscow) was established in 1956 by Russia and China, and now includes 18 member States, mostly from Eastern Europe plus North Korea and Cuba. Germany and Italy are among its Associate Members. It collaborates with CERN and UNESCO.
The JINR has over 5500 staff members and 1200 researchers, and apparently many were very concerned about the Russian government’s decision to invade Ukraine.
On March 4th, Director G. V. Trubnikov made this public statement to the staff. It’s in English, possibly because that’s the common language spoken amongst its international membership.
He makes a plea to “not take sudden emotional decisions” and he states that the “entire infrastructure of the Institute is running steadily and stably.”
On March 17 and 21, the member states issued a statement calling for the JINR to “preserve the unity of the institute” presumably because of internal dissent over the war.
While the JINR may indeed be running “steadily and stably”, it most definitely isn’t running securely. GURMO (Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Ukraine) Cyber operators have exfiltrated terabytes of files from all nine of the labs. A sampling including this image is included with this article as proof.
Paid subscribers may download the following files:
The alarms control panel for the DC-280 Cyclotron complex
The blocking and signaling system at the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems
Schematic for Vacuum Circuit Breaker for the DC-280
Time-of-flight Spectrometer assembly drawing
Beam separator GNS-2 Assembly drawing
additional schematics associated with the equipment in use at various labs