Romanian customs officials arrested five Moldovans who were attempting to smuggle 1.7 kg of pure uranium and 2 kg of red mercury into Romania for sale on the black market. The uranium and red mercury originally came from Russia. In 1993, more than 20 kg (44 lbs.) of red mercury and 20 containers of cesium were seized along the Moldova-Romania border.
Abstract Number: 19931050
Headline: Smugglers Caught With 1.7 kg of Uranium
Date: 23 December 1993
Bibliography: JPRS-TND, p. 27
Orig. Src.: Agence France Presse
Material: uranium, red mercury