Rosenergoatom First Deputy Director General Vladimir Asmolov

Rosenergoatom First Deputy Director General Vladimir Asmolov

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Vladimir Asmolov, first deputy director general of Rosenergoatom, is seen in this 2007 photo. “It was clear for a long time that Tepco was not adequately coping with the situation,” Asmolov said. “It looks like Tepco management were the last to realize this,” he said. “Japan has the technologies to do this, but they lacked a system to deal with this kind of situation.”