Crime group stole metals from retired nuclear submarines

Publish date: August 17, 2006

Police in Severodvinsk (Arkhangelsk region) has arrested members of an organised crime group, which was stealing significant amounts of the titan metal from retired nuclear submarines during the last two years.

According to police officials, several employees at the Sevmash plant are among the detained, Rosbalt reported.

11 people are arrested, including a representative of Sevmash’s security service, the workshop director, and one of the chiefs of the submarine dismantling department. According to the investigation, Zvezdochka plant lost about $340,000. The crime group used a Sevmash crane to load cars and railway carriers with titan, then the metal was shipped to scrap metal reception centres in Arkhangelsk and then further to Moscow.