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Ni Atomnuyu Bombu, Ni Rodinu Krasnoyarskie Fiziki Ne Prodavali


According to unofficial sources, 5 kg of a dual-use powder containing hafnium and zirconium were smuggled to an individual of Russian descent living in Germany. The material originated in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, where the director of a local business, an individual identified as A.S. who had previously worked as a scientist in Krasnoyarsk (Mining and Chemical Compound), was arrested by local FSB officials. The powder was reportedly developed for the USSR government in the 1980s and can be used as an insulating, high-temperature resistant coating for warheads and unmanned aircraft. Earlier accounts reported that 1 kg of the material had been exported illegally to unidentified destination(s). [See also 7 May 1996 Rossiiskaya Gazeta entry.]

Abstract Number:  19961180
Headline:  Ni Atomnuyu Bombu, Ni Rodinu Krasnoyarskie Fiziki Ne Prodavali
Date:  12 May 1996
Bibliography:  Izvestiya, p. 2
Author:  Aleksei Tarasov
Material:  hafnium, zirconium

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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.