Weapons of Mass Destruction

Number 20960
Subject Weapons
Source CBS News 60 Minutes
State NY
Year 2003
Publication Date May 11, 2003
Summary During the Cold War, the Soviet Union developed the world's largest biological weapons program. Today, the Russian funding for the program has been cut, but the altered diseases and the scientists with the deadly expertise still remain in Russia and the Soviet empire's former republics. Twelve years ago, the United States began paying millions of dollars to employ Russian ex-scientists to protect the hazardous materials. This investigation shows that the United States funded program is not entirely successful; many labs remain in dangerous states of neglect and Russia still refuses to admit entry to its military controlled biological labs.
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Pages 13
Keywords biological weapons;security;Kazakhstan;science;plague;smallpox;terrorism
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