Ukrainian authorities detained an ex-MP and a state energy firm deputy chief for the embezzlement of US$ 17.3 million from selling uranium concentrate at inflated prices, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) said Friday.
Authorities arrested five men who were charged with trying to sell uranium, just 10 days after police announced arrests in a similar case, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) reported.
Georgian state security services said Monday they’ve detained six suspects for allegedly trying to sell radioactive uranium-238 for US$ 200 million, local news site Civil.ge said.
A US federal court sentenced Vadim Mikerin to 48 months in prison this week for facilitating a US$ 2.1 million bribery scheme as the middleman between American companies and Russian nuclear officials exporting uranium to the US, reported Reuters.
In the past five years, authorities working with the FBI in Moldova have foiled four plots by Russian-linked gangs to sell nuclear materials to Islamic State (IS), according to an Associated Press (AP) investigation.
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