Five containers of highly radioactive instruments were stolen from a silicone factory in the city of Strugi-Krasnye (Pskov Oblast) on 26 November 1996. By 3 December 1996, the five containers had been found and two suspects had been apprehended. In each of the five containers was 40 kg. of instruments containing cesium and strontium. The two suspects have confessed that they had hoped to sell the material. The price for one cesium-containing instrument is reportedly 1.8 million rubles; the price for a strontium- containing instrument is reportedly 1 million rubles.
Abstract Number: 19962130
Headline: Ukradennuyu Radiatsiyu Vernuli Na Mesto
Date: 3 December 1996
Bibliography: Komsomolskaya Pravda, No. 225, p. 1
Material: cesium, strontium