Russia Releases Virtual Tour of Arctic Trefoil Military Base

Russian President Vladimir Putin has never been one to pass up a photo-up, and his latest candids comes from the icy Arctic. It’s all part of the unveiling of the country’s crown jewel: Russia’s sprawling Trefoil military base, located just outside the Arctic Circle. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.

Trefoil covers 14,000 square miles (151,000sq ft), and is the second Putin-era Arctic base to be built for air defense units. The first base was Northern Clover on Kotelny Island, further east.

A military airstrip “Nagurskoye” is also under construction in Franz Josef Land.

Russia is building four other Arctic military bases – at Rogachevo, Cape Schmidt, Wrangel and Sredniy.

The traditional ionizing radiation or radiation hazard warning symbol is the trefoil.

… On February 15, 2007, two groups—the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)—jointly announced the adoption of a new ionizing radiation warning symbol to supplement the traditional trefoil symbol.

Shepard Smith reports from Studio B, and Jennifer Griffin reports from the Pentagon on a virtual tour of a Russian Base in the Arctic. [Reindeers (sic)]

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Stratfor Military Analyst Sim Tack analyzes a series of satellite images that show the construction of Russian military bases in the Arctic.