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Atomnaya Bomba V Saraye?

Abstract:

On 4 May 1995, a box of fire safety instruments containing plutonium-239 was stolen from a warehouse at the Kazan KINDER power substation. The box had been stored in a structure that had been used to keep bees. The box was stolen when someone broke in through the windows of this bee-house. There was no security at the bee-house. A search was not conducted for the missing radioactive instruments and the box with the instruments was found in a forest close to the substation approximately one year later. An investigation is under way to determine the criminal responsibility and negligence of officials at the substation's production association, TATENERGO.

Abstract Number:  19951820
Headline:  Atomnaya Bomba V Saraye?
Date:  19 September 1995
Bibliography:  Vechernaya Kazan, p. 3
Author:  I. Plyushchev
Material:  plutonium-239

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This article is part of a collection examining reported incidents of nuclear or radioactive materials trafficking in or originating from the Newly Independent States.