Tuesday, 19 September 2017

The Russian man who saved the world dies at the age of 77

A soviet military officer, Stanislav Petrov who is widely credited with helping to prevent a nuclear war with the United States, died.

Petrov has received several international awards and honors and his extraordinary story was told in a documentary which titled "The Man Who Saved the World"

He was honored in the United Nations and met Hollywood superstar such as Robert De Niro and Matt Damon.

Petrov who is from Russia lived in a small  town outside Moscow and died in relative obscurity on May 19, his death making headlines in Russia and abroad only months later when a German friend wrote a blog post about his death.

The hero was an officer on duty in September 1983 at a secret command centre south of Moscow when an alarm went off signaling that the United States had launched intercontinental ballistic missiles.

Petrov only had few minutes to make a decision and was not sure about the incoming data, dismissed the alarm as a false alarm.

If he had told his commanders of an imminent US nuclear strike, the Soviet leadership, locked in an arms with Washington might have ordered a retaliatory strike.

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