BND Official: Plutonium From Russian Plants
At a hearing of the Bundestag plutonium investigation committee in Bonn, First Director of the BND Wolbert Schmidt testified that an 'Eastern source' had provided information in September 1994 regarding the origin of the 400 grams of plutonium seized in Munich in August 1994. According to the source, the plutonium is either from the Obninsk Institute of Physics and Power Engineering (IPPE) or from the nuclear city Tomsk (Tomsk-7 or SKHK). The source also provided information on the individuals who initially supplied the material to Justiniano Torres (who was convicted for smuggling the material to Munich on a Lufthansa plane), and said that several individuals in Russia had been arrested following the incident after nuclear materials were found in their apartments. Mr. Schmidt, who is responsible for intelligence activities in the East, refused to identify his source.
Abstract Number: 19961970
Headline: BND Official: Plutonium From Russian Plants
Date: 11 October 1996
Bibliography: FBIS-WEU-96-200, 11 October 1996
Orig. Src.: Sueddeutshe Zeitung
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