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Arms-smuggling plot disrupted

February 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Russia has foiled an attempt by a group of naval officials to smuggle $18 million worth of anti-submarine missiles and aviation bombs to China, officials said.

Russia's chief military prosecutor, Sergei Fridinsky, said the 30 anti-submarine missiles and 200 bombs were seized in Tajikistan, a former Soviet republic that borders China and Afghanistan.

Russian navy spokesman Igor Dygalo said the smuggling attempt was uncovered by a joint operation of the military, prosecutors and the FSB federal security service.

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