Belarusian customs say they've stopped 10 vehicles with radioactive cargo since beginning of year


On 5 June 2008, the deputy chairman of the Belarusian State Border Committee Vadzim Zaytsaw told reporters that during the past six months, Belarusian customs have halted more than 10 vehicles transiting through Belarus with cargoes, which emitted a higher than acceptable level of radiation. Zaytsaw also noted that customs officials employed a mobile laboratory to examine the vehicles, however, they “have not detected any cases of radioactive materials being smuggled into the country.” Yet, “there were attempts at transporting [radioactive cargo] from Western European countries to southern countries, which were foiled,” Zaytsaw concluded. {Entered 7/15/08 AL}

Abstract Number:  20080040
Headline:  Over 10 radioactive cargoes stopped at Belarusian border this year
Date:  5 June 2008
Bibliography:  "Over 10 radioactive cargoes stopped at Belarusian border this year," 5 June 2008, Open Source Center document CEP20080606950243.
Orig. Src.:  Belapan news agency.
Material:  Contaminated materials

June 5, 2008

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