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Russian gangs wanted to sell radioactive caesium for a “dirty bomb” in Moldova

Law enforcement agencies of Moldova along with the FBI uncovered a plot of Russian gangs with Moldovan links to sell radioactive caesium to ISIS for the creation of a "dirty bomb"
Russian gangs wanted to sell radioactive caesium for a "dirty bomb" in Moldova

Russian criminals with Moldovan links tried to sell radioactive materials to the terrorists not less than four  times, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to AP.

As reported by the Associated Press referring to the investigator from Moldova Constantine Malic the criminals attempt several times to sell radioactive materials to the ISIS militants, including caesium-137 for the manufacturing of a “dirty bomb.”

According to the agency, these attempts to sell radioactive materials were reported and prevented in the past few years. Thus, in 2011 the criminals  tried to sell about 10 kg of weapons-grade uranium to Sudan, but then the law enforcements have arrested a seller while dealing the sample for €320,000.

More recently, the smugglers tried to sell caesium-137 for the manufacture of a “dirty bomb.” But also the seller was arrested and said that the radioactive material was intended for ISIS.

“They have money, and they will know what to do,” – said the mediator to law enforcement agent.

But no matter how hard the law enforcers tried, they couldn’t arrest anybody but mediators. These people were sentenced to short terms. But there are even more sellers and buyers there to be found. Moreover, after the crisis broke out in Moldova, all the investigators were fired. And now it is not clear where these radioactive materials came from, who was the dealer and who organized the communication channels.