In a news conference in Tokyo on 19 September 1997, former Russian national security advisor Alexandr Lebed continued his claims that the Russian military has lost track of up to 100 nuclear suitcase bombs. Lebed said that he received reports in the summer of 1996, when he was still the Russian National Security Advisor, that military forces in the breakaway republic of Chechnya had obtained such nuclear suitcase bombs. Lebed said that he established a committee to investigate the missing weapons, but after Russian President Boris Yeltsin dismissed him in October 1996, the committee was disbanded.
Abstract Number: 19970860
Headline: Russia's Lebed Insists Nuclear Bombs Are Missing
Date: 19 September 1997
Material: nuclear weapons