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Ukrainian Border Guards Find 'Radioactive Money'


SUMY, Ukraine -- Ukrainian border guards say they confiscated money from a vehicle in the eastern region of Sumy over the weekend after finding the cash was emitting radiation, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The Sumy border guards' press service told journalists on April 3 that a Mercedes automobile was stopped at the Yunakivka checkpoint along the Ukrainian-Russian border because a high radiation level was detected.

The vehicle's owner was heading from Ukraine to Russia.

The border guards, together with environmental-control officers, checked the car and found an envelope with cash emitting radiation several times higher than the norm.

Environmental-control officers and experts from the Extraordinary Situations Ministry are investigating the incident.

Neither the currency nor the amount of cash was disclosed.

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