Where Nuclear Peril Lies Waiting


Elizabeth Rindskopf, executive vice president of the Lawyer's Alliance for World Security, and a former CIA official, reports in this article that during a September 1998 visit to the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow, she was shown a building storing 100 kg of 'weapons-useable highly-enriched uranium that has no MPC&A protection.' Rindskopf added that building is unguarded because the institute cannot afford to pay approximately $200/month for a guard to watch it. She also noted that the perimeter fence at Kurchatov is largely 'decorative.' Rindskopf attributed the relatively small number of nuclear smuggling cases involving weapons usable materials in the NIS not to the improvements in MPC&A at nuclear facilities funded by the United States, but to the 'dedication' of the scientists and engineers working in these facilities. She noted, however, that the recent intensification of the economic crisis in Russia and the NIS presents a major new challenge to this dedication, and she repeated the 'message' of the scientists she met with at Kurchatov: that the United States should give more thought to the 'human dimension' of nonproliferation in the NIS.

Abstract Number:  19980660
Headline:  Where Nuclear Peril Lies Waiting,
Date:  12 October 1998
Bibliography:  Chicago Tribune, 12 October 1998, by Elizabeth Rindskopf.
Author:  Elizabeth Rindskopf

October 12, 1998

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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