Russian military arsenals 'poorly protected'
Updated: 2011-04-21 20:59
MOSCOW - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has slammed the security of the armed forces' arsenals, warning many, including some housing missiles, were exposed to risks such as terrorism.
A report released Thursday listed 12,000 violations of military equipment safety requirements in 2010 and said conditions in general were not satisfactory.
Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika said in the report the violations included poor protection of weapons storages, government buildings, high security objects, logistic hubs and residential compounds.
The report said, last winter, 29 ammunition depots had been partially destroyed by heavy snow and only one out of 31 ammunition storages located within residential areas was moved to a safer place in 2010.
Of particular concern, Chaika said Russia's Pacific Fleet had not provided secure storage of its cruise missiles and other weaponry.
"Weaponry and ammunition of the Pacific Fleet have been stored in 242 storages and 159 lots built from 1946-1980, and over 70 percent of them does not meet the (safety) requirements," Chaika was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
He said 20 percent of submarine cruise missiles, 45 percent of warship cruise missiles, 70 percent of anti-aircraft guided missiles and 40 percent of the fleet's artillery ammunition had not been stored securely.
He warned the majority of these weapons had been patrolled by unarmed elder guards, making them easy targets of terrorists.
Chaika will present his report to the Russian parliament's upper house, the Federation Council, next Wednesday.
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