And just to think where the world is at now after this 2008 article. The effects of Russian nuclear blackmail have continued for decades now.
Non-proliferation efforts are dwarfed by the sheer magnitude of the task at hand.
Since the Cold War, the United Nations has logged more than 800 incidents in which nuclear material has disappeared, the Guardian says. The former Soviet storage sites where radioactive material—often large quantities of it—are stored are often dilapidated and poorly secured. Millions of U.S. dollars pouring in notwithstanding, many sites still remain vulnerable to burglary or assault from advanced and not-so-advanced thieves who know how to get a nuclear bomb.