Employees of Russia’s Kurchatov nuclear research institute warn that funding shortfalls are undermining their efforts to maintain the facility’s safety and security, and that a nuclear accident could be one result. The complex, located less than ten miles from Moscow’s center, houses more than a half dozen nuclear reactors and some 60,000 tons of radioactive waste. On February 12 the Duma passed a resolution expressing alarm over the threat posed by Kurchatov and other underfunded nuclear facilities. (Itar-Tass, February 12; NTV, February 19)
Moscow Security Officers Arrested for Drug Trafficking.