High security has been put in place for the removal of a large quantity of enriched uranium from a Soviet-era atomic reactor in Eastern Germany to Russia. More than 300 kilogrammes of nuclear cargo have been flown to a processing centre in Podolsk in Russia where it will be transformed so it will no longer represent a proliferation risk. The operation to transport the nuclear material involved 500 police officers aswell as an undercover team. Security officials also dispatched a second decoy convoy.
About two thirds of the uranium transported is highly enriched and is believed to have a capacity to make several atomic bombs. The transfer of uranium is part of a US-Russia programme to find and secure dangerous nuclear materials and make sure they never fall into the hands of terrorists.