Russia begins chemical weapons destruction at new site 08 Sep 2006
On 8 September 2006, the Russian Federation officially commenced chemical weapons destruction operations at its site in Maradykovsky.

Logo of the OPCWThe Director-General of the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Rogelio Pfirter, attended the official opening of the chemical weapons destruction facility (CWDF) located at Maradykovsky in the Kirov Region in the north-east of European Russia. He welcomed the commencement of destruction operations at Maradykovsky and commended the Russian Federation for this renewed manifestation of the Russian Government's commitment to fulfil the objectives of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). He noted that the new destruction facility at Maradykovsky will serve to help the Russian Federation in its effort to eliminate 20% of its stockpile of chemical weapons by 29 April 2007, 45% by 31 December 2009, and 100% by 29 April 2012. Ambassador Pfirter also praised the Swiss Confederation for its contribution to the construction and operationalisation of the Maradykovsky site.

The facility at Maradykovsky is the third chemical weapons destruction facility to have begun operation under the auspices of the Russian Federation's Federal Programme to destroy its total declared stockpile of 40,000 metric tons of chemical warfare agents, as foreseen by the CWC. This facility holds a total stockpile of over 6,900 metric tons of chemical weapons agent, or approximately 17% of the total stockpile declared by the Russian Federation. The Maradykovsky CWDF will destroy chemical weapons filled with several types of chemical warfare agents, including VX and other “nerve agents”. All of the stockpiles of chemical warfare agent currently stored at this site are expected to be destroyed by April 2012.

The OPCW implements the CWC. Under the Convention, all chemical weapons and their production capacity are to be completely eliminated within a stipulated timeframe and under international verification. During the destruction process, OPCW inspectors will maintain a twenty-four hour presence at the facility to verify that all chemical weapons at the site are irreversibly destroyed.

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