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Russian Gen. Lebed Warned of Suitcase Nukes, Dies in Crash

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    HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE WHO KNOW THINGS DIE IN CRASHES? Former top Russian security official Gen. Aleksandr Lebed, who warned the U.S. Congress five years ago
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 29, 2002
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      HOW COME SO MANY PEOPLE WHO KNOW THINGS DIE IN CRASHES?

      Former top Russian security official Gen. Aleksandr Lebed, who warned
      the U.S. Congress five years ago that at least 80 suitcase-sized
      nukes from the old Soviet Union's weapons arsenal had gone missing,
      was killed Sunday in a helicopter crash.

      At the time of his death, Lebed was governor of the huge Krasnoyarsk
      region of Russia, and was considered a key regional leader, the
      Associated Press said.

      A national hero, Lebed was a battalion commander in 1981 during the
      Soviet war in Afghanistan, where he won top military honors. But his
      popularity went far beyond military circles, with a career that had
      earned him a national reputation as someone who was willing to
      confront the Russian establishment.

      For the U.S., however, Lebed's most significant legacy may turn out
      to be the information he imparted to Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., during
      a 1997 fact-finding trip to Russia.

      Weldon recounted Lebed's bombshell revelation during a March
      appearance on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes":
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