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    Stanislav Petrov prevented nuclear annihilation


    by ulaghchi


    Host Rob Sachs talks with Bill Yenne, a historian who has written numerous books on Russia, including "Secret Weapons of the Cold War: From the H-Bomb to SDI” and his latest book, “The White Rose of Stalingrad.”

    This month a retired Soviet colonel received the prestigious Dresden Prize and award of 25,000 Euros for doing nothing and in the end saving the free world from nuclear annihilation. In 1983, Stanislav Petrov was commanding a remote a command center of the Soviet nuclear early-warning system outside Moscow and a message appeared that five nuclear missiles had been launched from the United States. Protocol demanded that he prepare to launch a counter attack - but Petrov recognized the attack for what it was - a computer glitch. For that he is recognized as one of the unsung heroes of the Cold War.