CREATORBonner, Michael
TITLE100 Grams (and Counting...): Notes From the Nuclear Underworld
URLhttp://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/publication/18361/100_gr...
HOMEPAGEhttp://belfercenter.ksg.harvard.edu/
DATE PUBLISHEDJune 2008
DATE ACCESSED28 June 2017


This report focuses on the 2006 seizure of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) in the Republic of Georgia, providing insight on nuclear smuggling and interdiction. The author, a journalist, shows how important it is to secure nuclear materials at their source, the value of conventional police work in thwarting smuggling, the failings of radiation detectors, and the danger posed by materials stolen many years ago. The report describes the smugglers’ actions in obtaining small amounts of HEU that investigators suspect may have come from the fuel fabrication facility at Novosibirsk, Russia. It relates their attempts to sell 100 grams of this material at $10,000 per gram and their apprehension by Georgian authorities. The in-depth analysis emphasizes the likelihood of nuclear theft and the dangerously slow pace of U.S. and international actions to prevent it.


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