Central and Eastern Europe hotbed for nuclear trafficking

A report on the threats of nuclear terrorism reported that most attempts at selling nuclear materials on the black market occurred either in former Soviet Union states or in Eastern Europe.

The report highlighted the country of Georgia for the numerous cases of nuclear trafficking. Highly enriched uranium has been seized in cases reported in 2003, 2006 and 2010.

Source: “The U.S.-Russia Joint Threat Assessment on Nuclear Terrorism,” Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and the Institute for U.S. and Canadian Studies, May 2011, page 34.