On 28 April 1998, the Azerbaijani State Committee for Emergencies reported the recovery of a highly active source of ionizing radiation (the report does not specify the isotope involved) that had recently been stolen. The report does not specify the date of the theft. The radiation source had been taken from a maritime navigation installation, and was discovered near the town of Zirya, about 15km from the site from which it was diverted. The source was recovered during a search by a team composed of officials from the Azerbaijani National Security, Defense, and Interior Ministries. The State Committee for Emergencies declared that the area in which the radiation source was recovered was not contaminated and that the background radiation level there is now normal. The radiation source has been placed in a special storage container, and will be sent to the Izotop Industrial Complex outside Baku for disposal in a radioactive waste burial site. An investigation into the theft of the radiation source continues.
Abstract Number: 19980260
Headline: Stolen Azeri Source of Ionizing Radiation Recovered;
Date: 29 April 1998
Bibliography: FBIS-SOV-98-119, 29 April 1998
Author: Stolen Azeri Source of Ionizing Radiation Recovered
Material: Radioactive Isotopes