AUTHORShelley, Louise I.
TITLETrafficking in Nuclear Materials: Criminals and Terrorists
PERIODICAL TITLEGlobal Crime
DATE PUBLISHED2006
VOLUME NUMBER7
ISSUE NUMBER3-4
PAGE NUMBERS544-560
ISSN1744-0580
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This report, originally published in Global Crime, analyzes terrorist networks operating in the former Soviet Union to show the widespread and sophisticated nature of illicit trafficking in nuclear information and materials. It provides a broad view of the crime network by examining nodes of high activity and transmission, notably along the Russian-Georgian border. By reading local newspapers in Russia and Georgia, perusing scholarly literature on the subject, researching the impact of corruption in the area, and interviewing those who research or are involved with nuclear smuggling, the author sheds light on the networks that facilitate illicit smuggling throughout the former USSR as well as beyond its borders. The article also puts Russian-Georgian trafficking in a global framework by tracing the multinational routes of transmission that expose nuclear smuggling as a worldwide problem. The author is in the advisory group on illicit trade for the World Economic Forum and has testified on international crime in front of numerous international commissions.


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