“One Russian to be Thankful for” – Vasili Arkhipov

I knew the story from Russian publications. This post clearly shows that humanity could destroy itself in 1962. At the time of the Cuban missile crisis I lived with my family in Moscow and people there were preparing to die.
Arkhipov prevented launch of a nuclear torpedo without command of the central government. The war was prevented by President J.F. Kennedy and his administration firm stance on removal missiles from Cuba.

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Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov man who saved the world

The Story of Vasili Arkhipov

This story came to me via Quora, I’d never heard about this man before now but understood right away his life impacted my own and the rest of the world. Some of you may have heard about him others maybe not, either way I’m going to present it to you just the way I got it.
Archives Cuban Missile Crisis

Khrushchev and Kennedy During the Missile Crisis

A Soviet naval officer during the Cuban Missile Crisis, he countermanded a superior’s orders to launch nuclear torpedos, thus averting a catastrophic nuclear war. Thomas Blanton (then-director of the National Security Archive) said: “A guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world.”
USS Epperson (DDE-719), center, and USS Sarsfield (DD-837), at right.  Dropping depth charges during anti-submarine warfare exercises

Trying to get the Russian Sub to Surface

At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a group of 11 United States Navy destroyers and the aircraft carrier USS Randolph located the diesel-powered nuclear-armed Soviet Foxtrot-class submarine B-59 near Cuba. Despite…

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