Orlov Article in The Monitor


Although he accuses the Western media of sensationalism regarding the smuggling of nuclear materials from Russia, Vladimir Orlov writes that it is just luck that has prevented any large-scale theft of nuclear materials in Russia to date. In this opinion piece, Mr. Orlov attempts to dispel the myths surrounding nuclear smuggling, while acknowledging the very real potential danger due to inadequate security at many Russian nuclear facilities. According to Orlov, there have been nineteen attempted thefts of nuclear materials of various enrichment levels from Minatom facilities, and twelve attempted thefts of sources of ionizing radiation, mostly from Goskomoboronprom facilities. He noted that Moscow appears to be increasingly concerned about the problem, citing President Yeltsin's call for a special summit on nuclear security next spring. Orlov is the Director of the Center for Political Studies in Russia, and the Editor of the journal Yaderniy Kontrol.

Abstract Number:  19951720
Headline:  Orlov Article in The Monitor
Date:  FALL 1995
Bibliography:  The Monitor, Vol. 1, No. 4
Orig. Src.:  Vladimir Orlov

September 1, 1995

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

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