Press Service Office:
Along with monitoring nuclear testing weapons Abroad, the Special Control Service (SSC) of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation monitors compliance with international treaties for the restriction and prohibition of nuclear weapons tests, including the participation of the Russian Federation in the international control mechanism of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the coordination of federal executive bodies and the Russian Academy of Sciences on the implementation of the CTBT.
Among other priority tasks of the Service are the monitoring of the seismic and radiation situation on the globe, of any nuclear accidents in the territory of the Russian Federation (within the technical capabilities of the monitoring facilities). Also, the Service is responsible for participating in geophysical monitoring over the territory of our country.
The control results, namely, data on the facts and parameters of nuclear explosions and earthquakes, radioactive contamination of the surrounding area are presented by the Special Control Service to the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation and other military and state authorities.
In the interests of solving the tasks at hand, the Service continuously collects, processes and summarizes data on the geophysical situation, establishes on their basis the facts of conducting nuclear explosions abroad, in the territory of the Russian Federation and earthquakes on the globe, determines their parameters.
A special observation unit in the USSR was established in 1954, and in May 13, the 1958 was created by the Special Control Service of the USSR Ministry of Defense under the supervision of Colonel Alexander Ustyumenko.