Russia A Nuclear Safety Leader But Still At Risks

Almost 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia claims its nuclear materials are well protected. And it was Russia that initiated an international treaty against nuclear terrorism and joined forces with the United States in a global effort of nuclear security in 2007.

In an article on the Washington Post website, Steve Gutterman says the worst has been fixed. The chances of a break-in at Russia’s 235 buildings housing highly enriched uranium or plutonium have been vastly reduced. But despite dramatic improvements in its nuclear materials, Russia remains a risk zone, says the article.

Theft by insiders remains a concern especially in light of widespread corruption in the country. Vladimir Chuprov, Greenpeace Russia’s energy project chief, said Russia “remains a risk zone in terms of the physical security and physical protection of nuclear materials.”

To read the Washington Post article, click here:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/11/AR2010041102963.html