Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moldova: Two Former Interior Ministry Officials Smuggle Uranium

Posted by Info on 26/08/2010

Moldova is one of Europe’s poorest nations, making it prone to smuggling of all kinds, including Uranium.

Moldova has seized almost two kilograms of the radioactive substance uranium-238 from a suspected group of traffickers, including former Interior Ministry officials. The persons linked to the operation wanted to sell it for €9 million ($12.8 million).

It was not clear from where the substance was obtained. Moldova is not a producer of uranium. Police are investigating whether the smugglers were attempting to sell the uranium in the breakaway region of Transnistria.

Experts have repeatedly expressed fears over traffickers obtaining nuclear materials from the former Soviet Union with the aim of selling them on to rogue groups in the hope of making a so-called dirty bomb.

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