Russian Alexandr Scerbinin Prague

Detectives also found two letters belonging to the Russian scientists working at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow. (Cockburn, 1997, pp.12o-21) In June 1994, Landshut, Germany, the first arrest was made by the smuggling of nuclear materials. A sample of the seized material (0.8 grams pump more U-235, 87.7% enriched) was in search of "fingerprints" to determine its origin. She had the typical Russian firm. Landshut if it was not the amount of U-235 that was intriguing, but high quality. When the December 14, 1994, Czech police seized 2.73 kilograms of highly enriched U-235 from the back seat car in Prague OFA had exactly the same "fingerprint" as the sample of Landshut, it became clear that smuggling nuclear has become a highly organized activity.

The 87.7% of enriched uranium has been smuggled in Obninsk, a secret city 80 miles southwest of Moscow. One of the smugglers was captured Russian Alexandr Scerbinin Prague, former Czech nuclear worker for an import-export company called 'Automobile. " During questioning, it is clear that Czech was not terrified to justice, but their masters in Russia, another indication of the presence of organized crime. During the investigation, but it became clear to officials Czech Russian organized crime was involved. Moreover, given the reactions of their counterparts in Russian, Czech concluded that officials at least the FSB and possibly other sectors of the Russian government had been penetrated by criminals. (Cockburn, 1997, pp.80, 91-96) When the August 10, 1994, the Lufthansa flight from Moscow played at night in Munich, Germany knew that 363.4 grams of weapon-usable plutonium was on board.