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  • Position : Consultant
  • Affiliation : PIR Center
  • Affiliation : PIR Center Executive Board member, Consultant ANO ASPECT-CONVERSION
  • Position : Research Fellow
  • Affiliation : Odessa Center for Nonproliferation
  • Affiliation : Member of the Central Board, Nuclear Society of Russia
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15 Questions about WMD Terrorism

Vladimir Orlov

Presentation of PIR Center president Vladimir Orlov covers different aspects of problem of terrorists using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The author analyzises whether terrorists can get access to nuclear weapons and other types of weapons of mass destruction and to materials to produce them. A special attention is paid to problem of Chechen WMD-terrorism. Chechen terrorists' activity is described as an example which demonstrates how terrorists tried to get nuclear and other radiactive materials in order to use them as a radiligical weapon.


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