On June 23rd, the Security and Intelligence Service of The Republic of Moldova (SIS,) disrupted another group of misguided criminal entrepreneurs who have sought to move nuclear materials through Moldova.

Last year, the FBI assisted Moldovan authorities  to interdict smugglers moving nuclear and radiological materials through Moldova who were attempting to sell nuclear materials to Daesh (ISIS) and other Middle Eastern extremists and terrorists. The nuclear material in these cases would serve as a devastating component for a dirty-bomb. The attempt was one five known occasions since 2010, that’s one per year.

Russian Federation intelligence services have remained the primary suspect supplying the Moldovan criminal smuggler networks with nuclear and radiological materials.

Alexandr Agheenco, AKA, “The Colonel,”  a Russian citizen and officer with the Russian FSB, previously known as the KGB – linked by investigators. The Colonel has been at the center of these ongoing smuggling efforts of Russian nuclear and radiological materials and with the highest possible bidders in mind, the networks of well-funded Jihadist groups, such as Daesh and al-Qaeda. Unfortunately, we only know of the cases that have been thwarted, such as the attempted sale of Russian weapons-grade uranium, U-235, and the ‘how-to’ blueprints to construct a dirty bomb to a Sudanese Jihadist, according to Moldovan authorities.