1. Sentry at the gates of chemical weapons destruction facility in the town of Gorny
2. Sentry and armoured personal carriers
3. Sentry with guard dog patrolling
4. Exteriors of Gorny facility
6. Military in chemical suits and masks
7. Facility control room
8. Operator talks on CB radio
9. Delegation of Russian and European officials visits the Gorny facility control room
10. Monitor screens
11. Visiting officials observe process of chemical weapons destruction on monitor screens
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Albert Gozal, European Union Counsellor on disarmament and non-proliferation:
"This the first step in destruction of the chemical weapons here in Russia - one percent. It is very important for us because this is purely European site which means that Germany is the main contributor then the European Union, then Holland and Finland. So this is very, very important for us that Russia, before the scheduled date of May 31, succeeded in making the first step in destruction of the 40,000 tons of the chemical weapons here in Russia."
13. Sergei Kiriyenko, chairman of the Russian state commission on chemical disarmament, addresses the workers
14. Russian military
15. Facility workers applaud
16. SOUNDBITE: (Russian) Alexander Pavlov, Gorny facility shift leader:
"I tell you this: the world is becoming a more peaceful place to live in. We shall destroy all the chemical weapons before long. Ecology will benefit. It's high time to disarm - we were keeping these weapons stockpiles for too long."
17. Russian, EU, German, Dutch and Finnish flags over Gorny facility
18. Soldiers march with their commander holding bright coloured air balloons in his hand
Russia has destroyed more than 400 metric tons (440 tons) of iprit (chlorine) at its newly opened chemical weapons destruction facility, meeting an international deadline to destroy 1 percent of its chemical arsenal by the end of this month
Speaking at the destruction facility in the central Russian town of Gorny, Sergei Kiriyenko, chairman of the state commission on chemical disarmament, said the punctual elimination of the mustard gas "shows that our country is firmly fulfilling its obligations and testifies to the fact that Russian scientists can create technology not just on the world standard, but surpassing it."
Kiriyenko spoke on the eve of a visit to The Hague, Netherlands, where he is to attend a meeting of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons that is set to decide on Russia's request to extend the original 2007 deadline for eliminating its chemical arsenal until 2012, his office said.
Approximately 3 percent of the Russian CW stockpiles is stored at Gorny
Russia committed itself in 1997 to destroying the stockpile, which at 40,000 metric tons (44,000 tons) is the world's largest, within 10 years.
However, the Kremlin says it lacks the funds to complete the program on time and has appealed for increased international donations.
The Gorny plant was built with the aid of Germany and the European Union.
The United States has produced the bulk of funding for another site under construction at Shchuchye, in the Ural Mountains region. However, it has frozen some money due to concerns that Russia has not contributed enough or made elimination of chemical weapons a high enough priority.