MOSCOW, April 2. /TASS/. Employees of the Russian Post and the Federal Customs Service have intercepted a radioactive parcel from Uzbekistan at Domodedovo Airport, the Russian Post’s press service reported.
"During an examination of a post container that had arrived from Domodedovo Airport, experts from a Russian Post exchange office and Moscow customs employees registered gamma rays that exceeded the maximum permissible background radiation more than 10 times, when the Yantar radiation control system went off. Dangerous radiation came from a postal item from Uzbekistan, which was immediately isolated from the remaining luggage and placed into a protective container," the press service reported.
The parcel contained a barometer. The cargo was sent to a specialized facility for scrappage. "The level of radiation for the rest of the postal items was normal. The information about the sender and the addressee of this dangerous parcel was sent to law enforcement authorities," the press service added.
The Russian Post’s security service tightly controls the safety and legitimacy of contents sent by mail, the press service noted.