Russia deputy PM warns of students leaking nuclear secrets

1st December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian universities need to be more vigilant to prevent foreign students acquiring sensitive information concerning nuclear weapons, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said on Wednesday.

"It is very important to prevent situations where in higher education establishments, economic or financial reasons prevail over questions of national security and international obligations in the field of non-proliferation," Ivanov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

Ivanov said universities needed to be more vigilant over enrolment of foreign students, and take greater care to protect state secrets.

Russian authorities would draw up a list of countries which represented a "persistent risk of dangerous leaks" in the sphere of missile technology, he said.

Russia hosts more than 160,000 foreign students from 150 countries, Ivanov said.

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