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Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)


The chemical weapons stored at the seven locations where chemical agents are stockpiled are categorized by the branch of the military service that commands the installation. The Chemical and Biological Forces are responsible for Gorny and Kambarka, which only house blister agents in bulk containers. The Mustard, Lewisite and Mustard-Lewisite mixture are stored primarily in large bulk containers (similar to, but much larger than, the one-ton storage containers in the U.S. stockpile).

In March 1996, the Russian government approved the "Federal Program for the Destruction of Chemical Weapons Stocks in the Russian Federation." Under this targeted program the most hazardous weapons to store -- the 7,500 tons of blister agents in containers -- will be destroyed first. The first establishment at Gorny planned to begin work in 1999, and the second two years later in the city of Kambarka, Udmurt Republic.

Sources and Methods

  • Russia: CW Destruction Issues Considered : FBIS-TAC-96-010 : 6 Sep 1996

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