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Russian Roulette 

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, how safe is Russia's nuclear arsenal?

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Anton Fedyashin ...
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Boris Maksimov ...
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This documentary looks at the safety and security of the Russian nuclear arsenal and early-warning systems after the collapse of the Soviet Union. America has spent over 2.5 billion dollars to help dismantle and secure nuclear weapons in the former republics of the Soviet Union, but Russia still has thousands of nuclear bombs and missiles on a 10-minute hair-trigger alert. The chaos caused by the fall of communism has affected all levels of the Russian nuclear establishment: systems are breaking down, soldiers and workers are going without pay, suicides are up, and accounting systems have perhaps lost track of dozens of 1-kiloton "suitcase bombs". The danger that disgruntled personnel may sell nuclear materials or weapons to terrorist organizations is illustrated by a 1997 U.S. Customs sting operation in Miami, in which arms smugglers boast that they can obtain a small nuclear device. Written by yortsnave

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23 February 1999 (USA)  »

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