Publication: Monitor Volume: 2 Issue: 91

Russian officials said May 7-8 that a scientist arrested in Krasnoyarsk, allegedly for smuggling more than two pounds of nuclear materials out of the country, had not been dealing in uranium or plutonium and would not be prosecuted under a statute dealing with the smuggling of nuclear materials. The scientist will apparently be charged instead with illegal export of "dual-purpose" materials (materials that could potentially be enriched for use in nuclear weapons) Officials refused to elaborate on whether the material in question could be used as a coating for ballistic missiles, as was reported. Authorities have not released the scientist’s name, and he is reportedly not being held in custody. The Krasnoyarsk region was a major producer of weapons-grade plutonium and enriched uranium. (Itar-Tass & The Washington Post, May 8)

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