Database of radiological incidents and related events--Johnston's Archive

Moscow radiological homicide, 1993

compiled by Wm. Robert Johnston
last modified 29 November 2022

Date: 14 April 1993

Location: Moscow, Russia

Type of event: use of radioactive material in intentional homicide of individual


A 7-curie cesium-137 source 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.

Consequences: 1 fatality.


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