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RUSSIAN security forces have seized two containers full of highly radioactive uranium-238 after a group of homeless people tried to sell them to a scrap dealer.
The containers were found at a waste dump in the central Russian town of Saratov, which lies on the River Volga.
Radiation levels at the dump were 358 times higher than normal, officials said.
Depleted uranium, where uranium-238 is usually found, can be used to make nuclear "dirty bombs". The find will renew fears that radioactive material at dozens of poorly-guarded sites around Russia might fall into the hands of terrorists.
"This is obviously a worry," said a Western diplomat. "There is a huge amount of nuclear material just lying around in Russia. Not only is it a threat to local people, but it is potentially a threat to the world at large."
Meanwhile, a truck carrying radioactive materials was seized on Tuesday at the far eastern port of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the Ria-Novosti news agency reported.
And several lead containers holding uranium, plutonium and strontium were last week found on a train on its way from Moscow to the southern town of Mineralniye Vody, not far from Chechnya.
Originally posted by SomewhereinBetween
Yesterday the BBC carried an article with a headline about about a couple hundred rhinos in Uganda killed by Ricin. I went to read something else, when I went back looking for the article it was removed and I have not been able to find it.
Ricin in Uganda? If that is so, then it is far easier to acquire these materials not we are led to believe.