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Saturday, January 27, 2007

 

Russian jailed for trying to sell weapons-grade uranium for $1m

`The safety of Russia’s vast nuclear arsenal was called into question yesterday after Georgia said it had arrested a man trying to sell weapons-grade uranium hidden under his jacket. Officials in Tiblisi said Oleg Khintsagov had been captured after smuggling the uranium into the country. Agents posing as members of a radical Islamist group arrested the Russian businessman in a sting operation.

Mr Khintsagov, 50, had offered to sell 100 grams of enriched uranium for $1m, officials said. After producing a sample, he told agents he had a further two or three kilograms of uranium at his home in Vladikavkaz, in neighbouring southern Russia – enough to make a small nuclear bomb.’




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