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The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has arrested three men, including a regional lawmaker, for allegedly trying to sell a radioactive substance for use in a terrorist attack.

The unnamed lawmaker from the western Ternopil region and two businessmen were arrested on April 9 for trying to sell the substance, purportedly 3.7 kilograms of Plutonium-239, for $10 million, to an undercover agent.

Tests revealed the substance to be Americium, not Plutonium. While not as dangerous as Plutonium, Americium could still be used to build a dirty bomb.

And no, despite what you may be thinking, the substance did not come from the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone. Authorities believe the material was produced in Russia during the Soviet era and smuggled into Ukraine.