Georgia revealed that its agents posing as Islamic rebels arrested a Russian businessmen trying to sell weapons-grade uranium hidden in his jacket a independent reports quoted US authorities confirming that the uranium was 90% enriched. Russia's Federal Atomic Energy Agency, Rosatom, also apparently confirmed that the uranium was genuine but disputed Tbilisi’s claim that the uranium originated in Russia.
Uranium is an easy substance to smuggle as it does not harm the carrier and small amounts of even 100 grams, required to make a small device, can fetch more than a million American dollars. The West had been paranoid about the large stockpiles of uranium leftover from the erstwhile Soviet Union but now in the custody of Russia. Earlier, the US paid large sums of money to hire out-of-work nuclear scientists so they will be out of circulation to dubious regimes seeking to develop a nuclear weapon. They also sourced excess supply from Russia and kept them in storage in Nevada so the temptation to sell or pilfer is removed.
Moscow asserts that its uranium supply is well guarded and the uranium in question has not been confirmed to have originated in Russia.