Six Moldovan 'uranium smugglers' arrested

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    Moldovan police have arrested six people suspected of trying to sell a type of uranium that can be used in nuclear weapons.

    Those held wanted to sell more than 1kg (2.2lb) of uranium-235 with a value of at least $20m (14m euros; £12m), an official said.

    The were conflicting reports as to whether the men were accused of trying to sell the uranium to an African country, or to an African national.

    Four of the suspects are Moldovan.

    Two others are from the breakaway Trans-Dniester region, one of whom also holds Russian citizenship, Vitalie Briceag, an official from the interior ministry, told reporters on Wednesday

    BBC News - Six Moldovan 'uranium smugglers' arrested
     
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    Russian mafia dealing in weapons-grade black market uranium...
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    Crime gang trying to sell weapons-grade uranium
    Wed, Sep 28, 2011 - BLACK MARKET: The US and Moldova are hunting smugglers in Trans-Dniester who offered 4.4g of uranium for sale and claimed to have 9kg more
     
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    Where'd they get it from?

    As yet we're not sure.

    Great, just great!
     
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    There are isotopic signatures that correlate well with specific processes, so it is traceable.
     
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    Yeah, I know Si.

    That was kinda my point.

    Perhaps this news item came out so quickly that as yet the source has not been traced.

    Which means?

    The folks who originally filched it from the Russians might have time to cover their tracks, or worse, sell much more of it quickly before their source dries up.
     
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    This happened back in the middle of summer and the material is in the investigators' possession, so I believe the concern about this few kgs going anywhere dangerous is lifted.

    Just speculation on my part, it's likely of Soviet (Russian) origin, given the anarchist nature of the region in which the reports claim the smugglers originated and the fact that the region had plenty of Soviet depots at the time of their split from the USSR.

    Just a best guess on my part - it's of Soviet origin. I imagine that if we hear an update on this story, it will only be after the investigators are confident that they have exhausted all leads to possible additional material that is out and about.
     
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