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.
August 28, 1992 |
The heirs of KGB counterintelligence said Thursday they had practically covered their entire annual budget by foiling large-scale criminal schemes to spirit metals, petroleum, timber and other strategic resources out of Russia to the West. An official of the Security Ministry called the ministry's most successful operation yet a "graphic example" of how a successor agency to the KGB, still regarded warily by many citizens, can help secure a prosperous, law-abiding Russia.
August 25, 1994 |
Russian security officials, adding weight to promises that they would work harder to stop nuclear smuggling, announced Wednesday that they recovered more than 22 pounds of uranium stolen from a closed nuclear center. The uranium-238 is not weapons-grade and Atomic Energy Ministry spokesman Georgy Kaurov said the material is so harmless it could best be used as a weight for a fishing lure or "to make presses for buckets of sauerkraut."