The Black Market

The Black Market is defined as people who engage in illicit trade. Smuggling of Nuclear weapons plays a role in this. The Russians, U.S., and other countries are involved. Russia has been one the move since the Cold War ended. The Russians position threat to many lives with nuclear sales. Many Russian affiliations and events are to blame including Russian Mafia, military intelligence, Trading Air, collapse in economy, and disgruntled Nuclear employees.
Russian Crime organizations have grown to a high number since the end of the Cold War. The Nuclear Black market is no stranger to the Russian Mafia. Russia may be poised to sell nuclear weapons to the highest bidder as organized crime expands its influence in Russian society (Phinney). Some of the 200 Russian organized crime groups now operate worldwide, including in the United states and gaining the ability to manipulate its banking system and financial markets (Phinney). Roughly two-thirds of Russia’s economy is under sway of crime syndicates, and protection rackets have been the norm since the collapse of communism(Phinney). The Russian Mafia and the antifada
becoming nuclear powers or the likelihood that some of this dangerous material being transferred to rogue states like Iran, Iraq, or North Korea. Even if the uranium and plutonium are not used to build nuclear technology, these materials are radioactive and therefore intrinsically dangerous to any one who comes in contact with them, particularly the smugglers themselves. In March 1995, U.S. Customs agents in Miami launched a two-year undercover investigation reaching into high-level official circles in Russian, Bulgaria, and Lithuania. It would become the first credible case of a scenario to smuggle tactical nuclear weapons into the U.S. (Frontline). According to Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the government agency in charge of combating organized crime, 40 percent of private business, 60 percent of state-owned enterprises and between 50 percent and 85 percent of banks are controlled by organized crime. According to Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, the government agency in charge of combating organized crime, 40 percent of private business, 60 percent of state-owned enterprises and between 50 percent and 85 percent of banks are controlled by organized crime.
Russia crime organizations are not even the source when it comes to smuggling Nuclear Weapons. Warheads come from one place, the military. There is major corruption in the Russian Military. Although, you can make your own type of Nuclear weapons, but this is a different case. Some 6,000 crimes were committed by the military in 1996 and over 100 generals and admirals and the three top officials from the Ministry of Defense are under investigation of corruption and embezzlement (Phinney). According to a Western European intelligence report, the principal suspects in many of the smuggling cases are "renegade military officers and civilian nuclear technicians from Russia, Ukraine, and Romania. . ."(Lee). The nuclear weapons black
market has grown so large that the number of cases of actual or
attempted nuclear smuggling from former communist countries in 1994
increased to 124 -- more than double the amount reported in 1993. The military’s plight provide sample economic incentive for raising cash by selling arms to the highest bidder. The instability and unrest in the Russian military, whose soldiers receive paychecks on an irregular basis at best, bolsters cause for alarm. The military’s plight provides ample economic incentive for raising cash by selling arms to the highest bidder, according to Arnaud de Borchgrave, CSIS organized crime expert who helped author the report.
There’s always a system for something. It’s not like a franchise, every organization has their own system. That system is the way they can trade. There are men called “Ventilators” because they trade air. Trading air as a commercial activity arose in Russia only recently. It quickly became popular in the growing circles of Russian dealers. A middle man finds a consumer who wants to buy several kilograms of an item (e. g. plutonium). He offers a sample for analysis and receives a deposit. All the transactions in these circles are conducted in U.S. dollars. After receiving a deposit, the middleman disappears for a week (Beyaninov). While the disheartened buyer searches high and low for his broker, waving the empty container and the fake certificate in the air, his money is earning money.