A washerwoman found a German 81-millimeter large mine of WWII in a corridor of the Novgorod-based "Eureka" school. The mine was found in the evening, when there was nobody but the personnel in the building. A rescue team took the mine out of the city and destroyed it.
Vladimir Afanasyev, the director of the school, explained that the former manager of the school museum was guilty of the incident. He did not warn the school's administration of having a mine in the museum. The new museum manager was not aware of that either. As a result, they took the box with the mine out of the room, and a washerwoman found it there later on. However, the mine was not dangerous, for it did not have a fuse.
The Americans came to realise that they would have to either leave the region or weaken their presence there. It is Russia that is filling the vacuum now