Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive
Moscow radiological homicide, 1993
compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 22 September 2007
14 April 1993
Type of event:
use of radioactive material in intentional homicide of individual
A radioactive substance, probably cesium-137 (and/or cobalt-60) was planted in the chair of Vladimir Kaplun, director of the Kartontara packing company. Over several weeks Kaplun contracted radiation sickness and was hospitalized for a month before his death. The contamination was identified after his death by colleages.
- Ilyin, L. A., V. Yu. Soloviev, A. E. Baranov, A. K. Guskova, N. M. Nadezhina, and I. A. Gusev, May 2004, "Early medical consequences of radiation incidents in the former URRS territory," 11th International Congress of IRPA, on line, IRPA [http://irpa11.irpa.net/pdfs/7c20.pdf].
- Lee, Rensselaer W. III, 1998, Smuggling Armageddon: The Nuclear Black Market in the Former Soviet Union and Europe, St. Martin's Press (New York, NY).
- UPI, 1993, "Radioactive chair."
- Zaitseva, Lyudmila, and Kevin Hand, 2003, "Nuclear smuggling chains: suppliers, intermediaries, and end-users," American Behavioral Scientist, 46:822-844.
© 2004, 2007 by Wm. Robert Johnston.
Last modified 22 September 2007.
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