Belarus got the ninth place in the 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index.
It is the best result among former Soviet republics.
"The 2014 NTI Nuclear Materials Security Index" is promulgated by the non-governmental organization "Nuclear Threat Initiative" that was founded by the American media mogul Ted Turner and former Democrat senator Sam Nunn.
Index’s compilers have noted that since its first publication in 2012, seven countries - Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Mexico, Sweden, Ukraine and Vietnam - eliminated all their stocks of materials suitable for creation of atomic bombs. Accordingly, they left the list.
The top five included Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Germany and Norway. Among former Soviet republics Belarus was the ninth, Kazakhstan was the 15th. Russia and Uzbekistan got the 18th place.
The survey authors said that they used numerous factors to prepare the index, including the degree of physical protection of nuclear materials, their volumes, the number of objects on which they are stored, political situation in the country, level of transparency, corruption and others.