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Sunday, March 24, 2002
Theft of Russian nuclear materials has been confirmed by the National Intelligence Council, the analytical think tank for the 13 agencies that make up the US intelligence community. The documented cases of nuclear theft in Russia include
- In 1992, 1.5 kg of weapons-grade uranium disappeared from the Luch Production Association.
- In 1994, three kg of weapons-grade uranium were stolen in Moscow.
- In 1998, there was a hair-raising incident at an unnamed nuclear facility in the Chelyabinsk region, in the Ural Mountains, where according to Viktor Yerastov, a top official at the Russian Atomic Energy Ministry, the amount stolen was "quite sufficient ... to produce an atomic bomb."While admitting that US intelligence could not independently confirm the theft, the National Intelligence Council said the Chelyabinsk case was "of concern."
- Four grams (0.14 ounces) of weapons-usable enriched uranium that "likely originated in Russia" was seized in Bulgaria.
In addition, the council noted a number of security problems at Russian facilities today. 10:00:29 PM
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