In the famous Soviet film “Escape of Mr. McKinley” one of the heroes complained, saying that as inelegant Raskolnikov killed the old woman Dostoevsky! Because instead of an axe can be placed under her pillow a vial with a radioactive substance… Such thoughts came to mind not only movie characters, but also the very real criminals: they make the invisible radiation weapon, which dealt with its victims. Invisible, noiseless, untraceable, in the wrong hands it becomes deadly. Details of some criminal and accidental exposures, remembered “”.

In November 1993, the doctor vpisyvanii opinion on the death of the Director of JSC Kartontara, was at a loss. The man quickly “burned out” from a mysterious disease resembling radiation sickness. On their hunches doctor on any case reported to law enforcement. The investigator involved in trial radiologists of the Moscow scientific and industrial Association (Radon) radon: those came to the office and found in the Director’s chair, at the junction of back and seat, the source of the exposure dose of gamma radiation (MADGI) to 14 roentgens per hour.

88 hours in this chair is 11 working days of 8 hours is guaranteed to give sitting the irradiation of more than 1200 x-ray with absolute and painful death. Two or three days guaranteed radiation sickness. The source was a 15-centimeter metal cylinder, the main component of which was cesium-137. How neatly this deadly object, like a pencil, hidden in the folds of the chair can be assumed that it was the real fact of the murder with radioactive substances. The result of the withdrawn source, engaged experts, and act on the results of the study gave the investigators to search for intruders. However, if crowned with success, history is silent.

In may 1997 in the capital’s Sheremetyevo airport cleaner, inducing purity in the men’s room of the departure lounge, found in the corner a suspicious box and called the police. Guards found the small lead box industrial container-sized inkwell. There were two sources of radiation with MAGGI 2 roentgen per hour.

most Likely, the owner of the container was afraid to carry the springs through the measuring stand before departure and dumped dangerous goods turned up in the first place. However, this act is hardly prudent: threat sources cause a special marking, according to which specialists can easily establish what entity specificthe source was issued and who was responsible for its safe storage.

In March 1999, the intelligence agencies have received information about the car, carrying in Moscow dangerous radioactive cargo. For seasoned “nine” followed the entire route, end point of which was paid Parking in Kolomna near Moscow. Called experts, Radon radon quickly found out that the radiation levels are so high that poses a risk to visitors and employees Parking lots, and its source is an urgent need to isolate. Only the dose of external radiation near the car exceeded the natural background (10-25 micro-roentgen per hour) to several tens of times.

“Nine” opened in the dead of night. From under the car seat carefully took a glass jar from under the jam: in it were several dozen brown cylinders sized casings from a Makarov pistol. Dose of gamma radiation findings was 95 roentgens per hour. The jar was placed in a lead container and special vehicle, accompanied by traffic police sent to the vault, Radon “radon”.

the First preliminary examination showed that the Bank is a caesium radioisotope used in medicine and various measuring instruments. Further studies were carried out in specii the interior Ministry, where transported Kolomna discovery. Carriers of radioactive cargo was arrested. Most likely, they didn’t know how dangerous their company. After a few hours spent in the salon radioactive “nine”, guaranteed radiation sickness.

the Attackers are trying to use the radiation not only in Russia. For example, in 90-e years it was a guy Buzin, Manager of the French company COGEMA (now Areva NC), specializing in nuclear materials. It turned out that once he broke his limo in a serious accident — and all because it became quickly tired of falling into drowsiness and eventually fell asleep at the wheel, which led to the accident (fortunately not fatal).

well-Known Russian proverb “There is a silver lining” proved true in the case of Ki-Businem. In the wrecked car under the driver’s seat police found the cause of his sleepiness — three uranium “tablets”. The investigation found that between a Manager and his subordinate engineer recycling stations fuel cell Noel Leconte was a conflict. The engineer took offense and decided to punish the boss stole from the company dangerous “pills” and put in the car. By the way, they radiated around 15 roentgen per hour.

Ki Buzin eventually received a dose of radiation sufficient for leukemia. Noelle Leconte was arrested; he had ultimately paid a large compensation, and received a long prison sentence.

At the end of the last century, law enforcement agencies of Canada was faced with a very unusual offence — it was committed in the province of new Brunswick, where located nuclear power station point of leprosy belonging to NBERC. Assistant to the operator of the reactor facility at the station worked 32-year-old Daniel Manston. Somehow he had managed to recruit from the pool of aging heavy water contaminated with radioactive elements, and poured it into a cooler for drinking water in the station dining room.

What motivated Manstone, remained a mystery: rather, he has a grudge against colleagues or management. Anyway, after a while the doctors found radioactive elements in the urine tests of several nuclear station workers. Immediately began an investigation. Because five employees with the highest internal exposure, worked on different parts, the only place where they could cross, was the dining room. And found “fonyaschih” cooler. After two weeks of Manston arrested for intentional infliction of harm to the health of colleagues, and soon the poisoner went to prison.

However, sometimes a danger to others are not the attackers, armed with radiation, and self-taught, trying to experiment with it, but not aware of danger. So, after the Chernobyl disaster, in the second half of 1980-ies in Moscow in emergency mode examined roads and urban areas contaminated with radioactive materials. Monitoring together experts Geoekotsentr, Radon radon and radiological Department of the city sanitary and epidemiological service.

Their “catch”, unfortunately, was rich: in an average year, they found up to 50 sites and local centers of radioactive contamination. In most cases it resulted from careless handling of radioactive materials, but in the summer of 1988 experts faced a very different story. It all started with the discovery in the dumpster near the house number 9 on the street Severodvinsk in Northern Medvedkovo (North-Eastern district of Moscow) radiation with a capacity of 0.025 roentgen per hour. Specialists Geoekotsentr armed with dosimeters, checked all around and found a track that led to the neighbouring house number 11, where in one of the apartments lived Ivanov (let’s call it so).

the Landlord immediately went into denial saying that nothing about the radiation don’t know. But the facts were there: the dosimeters were off scale. In the bedroom count of 0.014 in the bathroom — 0,028 out on the balcony 0,0014 x-rays per hour. Ivanov himself categorically denied his involvement in the exposure. Haltingly explained, they say, was repairing, and building materials picked up anywhere, including in landfills and dumps. As alibi said that he had completed four courses of the Tashkent Department of physics and mathematics and well aware of the dangers of radiation. But his belly is suspiciously light on of 0.0005 roentgens per hour.

Ivanov Initially believed. The apartment, garbage disposal and yard deactivated. Removed the flooring, knocked down the bathroom tiles, the concrete of the balcony. Took a few bits of furniture. But a year later in the ill-fated apartment had to go back. Relatively nearby, in the village of Zhostovo Mytishchi district of the Moscow region, found the radiation anomaly: rubber gloves, discarded in a public toilet on the Bank of the Klyazminsky reservoir. In addition, near the reservoir was found a cache of source of ionizing radiation with a monstrous capacity of 300 roentgens per hour (the natural background of Central Russia 10-25 micro-roentgen per hour). There, in a plastic bag, lay baby shirt and pants and rubber hot water bottle with emission capacity of 4 x-rays per hour. By the way, the cache of the source has been professionally lined with lead bricks to reduce radiation.

To eliminate nuclear foci called radiologists, Radon “radon”. They found a trail leading to the culprit of the infection: on an old t-shirt clearly read the inscription with the name and surname of the child, the daughter of the owner of the ill-fated apartment. In the end, Ivanov confessed that he worked for a small company and conducted experiments with radioactive sources at home and at work. Because of his “opus” of radiation were contaminated by the entrance of a house, courtyard, public toilet and local areas at the settlements of Zhostovo, Pirogovo, Boltino and Belyaninovo in the suburbs. And the danger of exposure if this were all the people around.

In the end, Ivanov was convicted under the article 247 of the criminal code (“Violation of rules of handling environmentally dangerous substances and waste”). He received 4.5 years of imprisonment, which, apparently, discourage him from experimenting with radiation: at least the Metropolitan radiologists about Ivanova is no longer heard.