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Weapons of Mass Destruction: Observations on U.S. Threat Reduction and Nonproliferation Programs in Russia
GAO-03-526T: Published: Mar 4, 2003. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 2003.
After the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia inherited the world's largest arsenal of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. The Soviets' extensive military resources and autocratic rule allowed it to maintain and secure this vast arsenal. As Russia adopted economic reforms and moved toward an open society, its economy and central controls deteriorated, making it difficult to maintain...