General Aleksandr Gurov, formerly a specialist on organized crime in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, published a book, The Secrets of Red Mercury. In this book, Gurov insists that red mercury does not exist. He blamed the rumors of its existence on 'international swindlers' and foreign parties trying to discredit Russia's nuclear program. [Also see Yaderniy Kontrol, 'Informatsiya,' December 1995, p. 3.]
Abstract Number: 19952230
Headline: Krasnaya Rtut
Date: 21 November 1995
Bibliography: Rossiiskaya Gazeta, pp. 2 8
Author: Aleksandr Chernyak
Material: 'red mercury'
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