October 25, 1995 |
The former head of Russia's chemical weapons disarmament program is under investigation for allegedly smuggling nearly a ton of chemical weapons into the Middle East in 1993, Russian authorities have confirmed. A leading chemical weapons activist said Tuesday that federal authorities suspect Anatoly D. Kuntsevich of delivering to Syria laboratory equipment and a shipment of an acid that can be used to make chemical weapons.
April 8, 1994 |
Anatoly Kuntsevich, the retired army general assigned to abolish Russia's chemical and biological warfare programs but lately accused of working to prolong them, was dismissed from his post Thursday. A one-sentence Kremlin announcement said only that Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin fired Kuntsevich for "numerous and gross violations" of his duties as chairman of Yeltsin's Committee on Problems of Chemical and Biological Disarmament.
March 12, 1994 |
In a victory for free speech in Russia, charges against a scientist who blew the whistle on a top-secret chemical weapons program have been dropped, the prosecutor general's office announced Friday. By closing the case against Vil S. Mirzayanov, charged with disclosing state secrets after writing a 1992 newspaper article about a highly potent new nerve toxin, President Boris N.
January 26, 1994 |
A Russian scientist who publicized a covert chemical weapons program and is now being prosecuted for revealing state secrets said he expects to be arrested today after refusing to appear at a closed-door trial that he calls a Stalinist farce. Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident under the government of President Boris N.
January 5, 1994 |
Despite protests from U.S. officials and international human rights groups, a Russian scientist who publicized an alleged covert chemical-weapons program faces trial Thursday on charges of divulging state secrets. The closed-door trial of Vil S. Mirzayanov, the first dissident of Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency, comes just days before President Clinton is scheduled to arrive in Moscow for summit talks. The U.S.
November 3, 1992 |
A chemist who accused Russia's military leaders of developing their own chemical weapons program has been released from prison pending trial on charges of betraying state secrets. Vil S. Mirzayanov was in jail because he was the acknowledged source for sensational printed revelations that as recently as this spring the Russians were hard at work developing a new type of binary chemical weapon.