The USSR carried out its first test of a nuclear device on 29 August, 1949. Its scientists’ work helped ensure global strategic stability for over 70 years, preventing the Cold War from turning hot and assuring post-Soviet Russia a guaranteed response capability to any major foreign military aggression.
Isaak Khalatnikov, the Russian Academy of Sciences’ oldest member and the last direct participant in the first Soviet atomic bomb project, has passed away at the age of 101, Sputnik reports.
The Academy of Sciences confirmed his passing in a statement to Sputnik.
Born in Soviet Ukraine two years after Russian revolution on 17 October, 1919, Khalatnikov graduated …