IAEA officials and international observers arrive in Primorye
IAEA officials and international observers conducted a three-week course in Vladivostok beginning on 16 September 2002 to train NIS law enforcement and border officials to be instructors in preventing the smuggling of radioactive materials. The course involved training with computer systems and instruments used to detect radioactive materials. Officials from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Georgia, Uzbekistan and other NIS participated. Observers from Mongolia, China, and Uzbekistan were also present.  The course was held at the local branch of the Russian Customs Academy. Training exercises were conducted at Vladivostok's airport and seaport, as well as at a border checkpoint in the village of Grodekovo. According to one report, there are as many as 500 incidents per year involving the seizure of radioactive materials by the Vladivostok customs office. 
 "Segodnya v aeroporty 'Vadivostok' proydut zanyatiya instruktorov stran-uchastnits Mezhdunarodnogo agentstva po atomnoi energii, po obnaruzheniyu radioaktivnykh materialov" [Training of instructors in detecting radioactive materials to take place today in Vladivostok airport], Vostok-Media, 2 October 2002; in Integrum Techno database,
 "Spetsialisty iz MAGATE provodyat seminary dlya tamozhennikov," Regions.Ru, 4 October 2002; in Integrum Techno database, http://afnet.integrum.ru
Abstract Number: 20020760
Headline: V Primorye pribyli ofitsialnye predstaviteli i mezhdunarodnye nablyudateli MAGATE [IAEA officials and international observers arrive in Primorye]
Date: 3 October 2002
Bibliography: RIA Novosti, 3 October 2002; in Integrum Techno database, http://afnet.integrum.ru
Author: Anatoliy Ilyukhov
Material: Radioactive Isotopes
This material is produced independently for NTI by the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of and has not been independently verified by NTI or its directors, officers, employees, or agents. Copyright © 2011 by MIIS.
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