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1/3 of Femicides Committed With Gun in Latin America and Caribbean [ES]

2 March 2012

RT-TV Novosti (Russia)

[Translated summary: Nearly a third of crimes against women are committed with a firearm and in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras this indicator is 60% - Small Arms Survey.] El mayor nivel de feminicidios se registra en Latinoamérica y el Caribe. Catorce países latinoamericanos aparecen entre los 25 del mundo con la tasa más elevada de crímenes contra la mujer. El informe de la organización de investigaciones independientes Small Arms Survey,... (

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Illegal Arms Importation, a Threat to Nigeria's Existence

23 January 2012

Nation (Nigeria), Editorial

A critical factor fuelling the alarming state of insecurity in Nigeria today is the dangerously large number of illegal arms circulating throughout the country. It is with these illegal weapons that sundry criminal elements have unleashed an unprecedented orgy of violence in recent times. In carrying out their dastardly acts, armed robbers, kidnappers, aggrieved militants, perpetrators of ethno-regional and communal conflagration, religious (Boko Haram) zealots,... (

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Slovakia,Austria,Azerbaijan,Serbia,Russia,Armenia,Turkey,Romania,Czech Republic,Croatia,United States,Bulgaria,Ukraine,Southern Europe,Georgia,Eastern Europe

South Caucasian Republics Purchased 107,324 Small Arms in 2005-2010

4 January 2012 (Azerbaïdjan)

The South Caucasian republics purchased 107 324 small arms from various countries of the world in 2005-2010. APA reports quoting the UN Register of Conventional Arms that Georgia takes the first place among the South Caucasian republics on purchase of small arms during this period. Georgia bought 76 377 small arms from 7 countries. The submachine guns, short rifles, pistols, automatic rifles, pistol-machineguns, heavy machineguns, grenade launchers as well as the... (

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Libya,United States,Europe,France,Niger,Mali,Chad,Ukraine,China,North Africa

Hundreds of Thousands of Libyan Assault Rifles Looking for New Owners?

15 November 2011

Time (USA)

More than three weeks after Libya's rebels killed Muammar Gaddafi, arms experts say the task of finding and securing the mountain of weaponry abandoned by Gaddafi's forces in their final rout has been complicated by a lack of international funding and coordination, as well as conflicting priorities among Western and African governments about which weapons pose the biggest threat. While U.S. and European officials have sounded the alarm about the threat posted to... (

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Ukrainians Own 3 Million Illegal Guns, According to Small Arms Survey

7 November 2011

Ukrainian Journal / Komsomolskaya Pravda

KIEV - Ukraine ranks the world's 84th by the number of arms owners and 3 million pieces of armaments are owned here illegally, the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in Ukraine said on Monday with reference to the Small Arms Survey - a project monitoring firearms in 178 states. Ukrainians "own about 800,000 rifles and smooth-barrel guns, 169,000 rubber bullet weapons and 107,000 pneumatic weapons of 5.5 millimeters and more," the Interior Ministry's arms license department... (

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Police Close Kenya-Somalia Border, Attempt to Block 'Conduit of Illicit Arms'

5 October 2011

Business Daily (Nairobi)

Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere's Monday order to close the Kenya-Somalia border has not affected flights, offering miraa traders and humanitarian workers a lifeline. Miraa is one of Kenya's largest exports to Somalia, accounting for a substantial share of the Sh13 billion export value to the country last year, according to the Economic Survey 2011. "We do not have any indication of cancellation of flights from the commissioner's communication," said Kenya Police... (

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Ukraine,North Africa,Niger,Algeria,Mali,France,United Kingdom,United States,Libya

Libya Warned Smugglers Are Looting Gaddafi's Guns

2 September 2011

Guardian (UK)

Libya must urgently secure weapons hoarded by the Gaddafi regime amid growing fears that smugglers are exploiting the chaos there to loot hundreds of portable missiles and other small arms, western officials have warned. The US and Nato are pressing the National Transitional Council to make the issue a priority because of concerns that the trade has already begun, with reports that some African mercenaries who fought for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are returning home laden... (

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Ukraine will Destroy Ammunition and Weapons worth EUR 30 Million

25 June 2011 (Ukraine)

State-run companies that are part of the Ukroboronprom Concern will destroy ammunition and weapons worth EUR 30 million under the Partnership for Peace program. The ammunition will be scrapped in the execution of an agreement between Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers and the NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency (NAMSA). The government's resolution No 533-r ordering the signing of this agreement dated May 16 was posted on the Ukrainian parliament's Web site on... (

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Ukraine,Thailand,Russia,Serbia,Kazakhstan,North Korea,Belarus

Ex-Soviet Pilots, Aircraft Ship Weapons for Global Gun Running Networks

17 December 2009

Time (USA)

KIEV -- It was no ordinary smuggling bust. On Dec. 11, an old Russian plane landed in Thailand to refuel after taking off hours earlier from Pyongyang, North Korea. In its hull, police found 35 tons of explosives, rocket-propelled grenades and components for surface-to-air missiles, all being transported from North Korea in breach of U.N. sanctions. The captain and his crew were promptly arrested and charged with illegally transporting arms. But according to experts,... (

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Nigeria,Ukraine,West Africa

Nigeria, Ukraine to Cooperate in Tackling Gun Running in West Africa

17 November 2009

African Press Agency

LAGOS — Nigerian President Umaru Yar'adua said on Tuesday that Nigeria and the Republic of Ukraine would cooperate to stem the tide in illegal trading in small arms across West African countries. Receiving a letter of credence from the new Ukrainian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Valerii Vasyliev in Abuja on Tuesday, Yar'adua expressed the hope that"Ukraine will help us to bring the illegal trade under control". Yar'adua noted the long-standing friendly relations between... (

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Ukraine,United Kingdom,Africa

UK Investigates Murky AK-47 Deal Linking Ukraine, Mystery African Nation

3 September 2009

Kyiv Post (Ukraine)

Once again, nation's reputation takes a hit after arms allegedly end up in an outlaw African nation facing an international arms embargo. The United Kingdom government is investigating a British arms broker in a sale of light arms originating from Ukraine to an undisclosed country under international embargo. Although no claims have been filed against Ukraine so far, the country is implicated in improper licensing procedures of a foreign company. According to a report... (

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Ukraine Sold Arms Worth About $800 Million in 2008, Says State Agency

2 July 2009

Interfax-AVN Military News Agency (Russia) / Segodnya

KYIV — Ukraine gained about $800 million in arms trade in 2008, UkrSpetsStroy Director General Serhiy Bondarchuk said in an interview posted by the Thursday issue of the Segodnya newspaper. "Arms exports were worth of $700 million in 2007 and about $800 million in 2008, as compared to $400 million in 2004," he said. Ukraine has made a breakthrough in arms trade geography, Bondarchuk said. He referred to the recently signed contract with India on the repairs and... (

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Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

Crew of Impounded, Gun-filled Ukrainian Plane Moved to Nigerian Capital

22 June 2009

This Day (Lagos)

KANO — The seven-member crew of the Ukrainian aircraft that flew into the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport on Tuesday with arms and ammunition were yesterday moved to the Abuja office of the Directorate of Military intelligence (DMI) for further investigation. A Nigerian clearing agent linked with the Ukrainian aircraft, simply identified as Sylvester, was also taken to the DMI office with the crew. Sources also confirmed that Ukrainian embassy officials met... (

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Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

Ukrainian Plane, Gun Cargo Seized in Nigeria May Be 'Meant for Militants'

21 June 2009

Vanguard (Lagos)

Military authorities yesterday said the Ukranian cargo aircraft loaded with arms and ammunition, which was seized at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport last week, was the type of aircraft used for arms smuggling and that they have no reason not to believe that the arms were not meant for militants in the Niger Delta. According to the military, whether the cache of weapons were destined for Equitorial Guinea or Niger Delta, it is one and the same thing as MEND... (

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Equatorial Guinea,Nigeria,Ukraine,Guinea-Bissau,West Africa

Nigeria Seizes Planeload of Guns, Military Ammunition for Mystery Client

19 June 2009

Daily Trust (Abuja)

The huge consignment of weapons found in the Ukrainian cargo plane now detained at the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano was procured by the Ministry of Defence of Equatorial Guinea, the crew members of the detained plane told security agents yesterday. They insisted that they were on their way to Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, to deliver the arms consignment from the former Soviet Republic of the Ukraine when the plane stopped over in Kano to... (

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Nigeria,Ukraine,Equatorial Guinea

Nigeria Impounds Ukrainian Plane Carrying Guns for Equatorial Guinea

18 June 2009


KANO, Nigeria — A Ukrainian cargo plane bound for Equatorial Guinea has been impounded in Nigeria after security officers found weapons and ammunition on board, a Nigerian official and Ukrainian media said. The official at northern Nigeria's Kano airport, who asked not to be named, said the plane had stopped to refuel late on Wednesday when the arms were discovered during a routine search. Nigerian police confirmed that an aircraft had been detained but gave no... (

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Border Guards Seize Drugs, 112 Weapons from Gun Runners in Ukraine

19 April 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / UNIAN (Kiev), Transcript

The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) and the special-purpose unit Alfa in Odessa Region have uncovered a criminal group involved in smuggling drugs all over Ukraine, the UNIAN news agency reported on 15 April. The agency quoted the Odessa regional directorate's press service as saying that during a special operation a large amount of heroine, cocaine, and amphetamine was seized from six drug dealers, and a drug courier with 500 g of amphetamine was detained at the... (

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Smuggler's Bus Yields 15 Handguns, AK-47 at Ukraine-Belarus Border

3 April 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring / Belapan News Agency (Minsk), Transcript

Brest border guards and customs officers have thwarted an attempt to smuggle a batch of weapons. Head of the State Border Committee's press centre Alyaksandr Tsishchanka told Belapan that an Ikarus passenger bus with 47 passengers and a Ukrainian driver heading from Ternopil to Brest was detained on the Belarusian-Ukrainian border at the Makrany border station overnight on 2 April. Border guards and customs officers first found 8,500 packs of LM cigarettes under the... (

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Ukraine Earned Over a Billion Dollars Exporting Military Goods, Services

23 January 2009

BBC Worldwide Monitoring Service / Defense Express, Web page

Ukraine has earned at least 1-1.2bn [US?] dollars from the export of special goods and services in 2008, expert Serhiy Zhurets writes. Despite a certain rise in sales year on year, the profitability of Ukrainian arms exports has been decreasing, due particularly to higher prices for ferrous metals and workforce and the hryvynya's depreciation, he noted. Analyzing exports by sectors and providing statistics, Zhurets concluded by saying that aircraft engines and other... (

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Ukraine,Kenya,United Nations

Global Gun Trade Thrives: Recent Example 40,000 Kalashnikovs to Kenya

14 October 2008

Time (World)

PARIS — Need to start a war? No problem. While stock markets gyrate and financial institutions (and even whole countries, like Iceland) teeter on bankruptcy, one global industry is still drawing plenty of high-end trades and profits: weapons. In a Paris courtroom last week, 42 officials went on trial for taking millions in kickbacks and organizing huge arms commissions from the Angolan government during the mid-1990s. In the dock were such big names as Charles... (

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