September 27, 1997 |
Truck driver Taimuraz Taimazov heats his spaghetti with a blowtorch. His kitchen table is a plank by the side of the road, and he sleeps in his cab in a long line of trucks parked near the Russian border. For the past five weeks, the trucker has been stuck in this narrow mountain pass in a dispute with his native Russia, but he never lacks for something to drink: He is hauling 30 tons of nearly pure alcohol.
August 18, 1994 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin has written to German Chancellor Helmut Kohl promising Moscow's cooperation in investigating recent cases of nuclear contraband seized in Germany, a Bonn spokesman said Wednesday. The letter was the first direct offer of help from the Russian government, which has publicly denied German assertions that Russia is the source of nuclear materials seized in Germany over the last four months. The two leaders are friends, and Kohl had written to Yeltsin last weekend.
December 20, 1994 |
More than six pounds of weapons-grade uranium believed to have come from Russia has been seized and three men arrested, Czech police said in Prague. It wasn't enough uranium to build an atomic bomb, an International Atomic Energy Agency spokesman said, but the seizure underlined concerns about dangerous materials being smuggled out of the former Soviet Union.
December 28, 1992 |
For 48 hours, the two Russians and their Belarussian accomplice holed up in the dreary border town of Brest, waiting for two contacts from Poland to show up. To kill time and the autumn chill, the trio opened a bottle of vodka and began a round-the-clock drinking party. When the Poles arrived in the city of 238,000 in western Belarus, the Russians produced the lead capsule they had stolen from a top-secret installation 1,200 miles to the east. The Poles examined it.
August 23, 1994 |
In the wake of last week's plutonium scare, Russia and Germany agreed Monday to boost their joint efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling, but they failed to determine whether the atomic contraband captured in Munich actually originated in Russia.
August 16, 1997 |
The wind lifts the nets drying on the beach. A caviar poacher's rowboat has been pulled up on the hot sand. Muscles gleam on a fisherman's bare shoulders, and his pale, watchful eyes reflect the dance of the tides. Magomed the smuggler limps down the beach in southern Russia where he has come, most days this year, to buy supplies for his underworld trade: basins of gleaming black fish eggs, straight from the slashed belly of the sturgeon.