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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by Jucon View Post
    Hey, you asked. And I should have been more specific... "Russians"... not the Russian government. So as in "a group of Russians involved in the black market".

    And actually I'm suspicious because of... (from the article)



    Obviously without more information I have no idea who's really behind it.

    What makes you think Ukraine?
    Ah, well, Russians, yes, undoubtedly. Of that, I'm rather certain, especially with the further evidence you've laid out before me -- Russians have their hands in every black market arms deal across the globe. But, I think that they could not possibly have been operating out of Russia, as Russia's nuclear security is too high. That's why I argued Ukraine -- Ukraine used to have nuclear weapons left over from the Soviet Union, until a string of security incidents regarding the nuclear weapons were brought up, and Russia repossessed the nuclear weapons from Ukraine. This was around 1995, if memory serves.

    So, I say Ukraine because they have a history of dealing with nuclear materials, but also a history of not being quite as secure as their neighbour is with them.

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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Eh. 4 lbs of yellow cake is hardly anything to be concerned with.
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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Eh. 4 lbs of yellow cake is hardly anything to be concerned with.
    Add some frosting and I become very concerned.
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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    I'm quite surprised the Moldavian authorities actually noticed a smuggling operation.

    They never seem to notice the Russian mafia trafficking women across their border.

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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by Tashah View Post
    I'm quite surprised the Moldavian authorities actually noticed a smuggling operation.

    They never seem to notice the Russian mafia trafficking women across their border.
    Eh, big governments care a bit more about uranium than underworld crime syndicates. You think the Americans don't know about all the slave rings in Chicago, Detroit, etc.? Of course they do, they just don't care. But if someone in Chicago had their hands on some yellow cake, and you'll bet SWAT will be all over it.

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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Add some frosting and I become very concerned.
    Has to be radiaoctive frosting.

    Still, it takes something like 3 tons of Yellowcake to make a critical mass under the best refining processes the US and Russia have. So 4 lbs in the hands of terrorists with crude refining technology really doesn't scare me.
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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by obvious Child View Post
    Has to be radiaoctive frosting.

    Still, it takes something like 3 tons of Yellowcake to make a critical mass under the best refining processes the US and Russia have. So 4 lbs in the hands of terrorists with crude refining technology really doesn't scare me.
    Well, the "scary" idea is that this is the only shipment the Moldovan authorities have seized -- who knows how much more has passed under the radar? So, this shipment was four pounds. How do we know there weren't fifty shipments of one-hundred pounds each previously?

    Now, I think that the spectre of Russian nuclear authorities so close means such a thing is hardly possible, but, that's where the "fear" comes in, if you like.

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    Re: Moldovan authorities seize smuggled uranium

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    Well, the "scary" idea is that this is the only shipment the Moldovan authorities have seized -- who knows how much more has passed under the radar? So, this shipment was four pounds. How do we know there weren't fifty shipments of one-hundred pounds each previously?
    We don't. But in terms of scariness, the large stockpiles that other FSUs have are more of a threat. Waltz I believed described one stockpile of several tons of moderately enriched uranium guarded by one rusty padlock in a non-disclosed location. That is frightening.

    Now, I think that the spectre of Russian nuclear authorities so close means such a thing is hardly possible, but, that's where the "fear" comes in, if you like.
    Russian nuclear authorities are hardly comforting period.
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