posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 07:27 PM
Investigators have found nuclear material capable of being used in a dirty bomb in an abandoned factory in Chechnya.
It was not clear why the radioactive source had been kept in the factory in Grozny, but officials said it posed a severe threat to anyone who came
near it. Site contamination was found to be tens of thousands of times more than normal levels.
Valery Kuznetsov, a Chechen prosecutor, told NTV television: "This is above all now a threat to the population, because the leadership and officials
of the firm did not take the necessary steps to isolate the isotope."
Almost all of Grozny was destroyed by Russian bombing in 1999-2000 when Russian troops poured back into the region to reassert central control over
separatist rebels, who still attack troops and police every day.
Other Chechen officials did not wish to comment on the presence of the radioactive material, which was named by the prosecutors as Cobalt-60, an
isotope of cobalt used as a source of radiation in food processing, hospitals and elsewhere. Cobalt-60 has also been identified as one of the most
likely elements to be used to make a "dirty bomb".
Prosecutors said it had raised radiation levels to 58,000 times above normal.
A member of Chechnya's emergencies committee, who asked not to be named, said: "This is not a one-day problem. This problem of radiation leaking
into Grozny's air has been going on for a decade." He said looters had uncovered the materials.
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Now those are some Scary News.
Radiation Levels to 50.000 Times above Normal?
This could Heat up things up in Russia...