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The Soviet biological weapons program : a history

Author: Milton Leitenberg; Raymond A Zilinskas; Jens H Kuhn
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first attempt to understand the broad scope of the USSR's offensive biological weapons research from its inception in the 1920s. Gorbachev tried to end the program, but the US and UK never obtained clear evidence he succeeded, raising the question whether the means for waging biological warfare could be revived in Russia in the future.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Milton Leitenberg; Raymond A Zilinskas; Jens H Kuhn
ISBN: 9780674047709 0674047702 9780674065260 0674065263
OCLC Number: 758383485
Description: xvi, 921 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: The Soviet Union's biological warfare program, 1918-1972 --
Beginnings of the "modern" Soviet BW program, 1970-1977 --
The USSR Ministry of Defense facilities and ITS biological warfare program --
The open-air testing of biological weapons by Aralsk-7 on Vozrozhdeniye Island --
Soviet civilian sector defenses against biological warfare and infectious diseases --
Biopreparat's role in the Soviet Biological Warfare program and its survival in Russia --
Biopreparat's State Research Center for Applied Microbiology (SRCAM) --
All-Union Research Institute of Molecular Biology and Scientific-Production Association "Vector" --
Biopreparat facilities at Leningrad, Lyubuchany, and Stepnogorsk --
Soviet biological weapons and doctrines for their use --
Distinguishing between offensive and defensive biological warfare activities --
Assessments of Soviet biological warfare activities by Western intelligence services --
United States covert biological warfare disinformation --
Soviet allegations of the use of biological weapons by the United States --
Sverdlovsk 1979: the release of bacillus anthracis spores from a Soviet Ministry of Defense facility and its consequences --
Soviet research on mycotoxins --
Assistance by Warsaw Pact states to the Soviet Union's biological warfare program --
The question of proliferation from the USSR biological warfare program --
Recalcitrant Russian policies in a parallel area: chemical weapon demilitarization --
The Soviet Union, Russia and biological warfare arms control --
The Gorbachev years: the Soviet biological weapons program, 1985-1992 --
Boris Yeltsin to the present --
United States and international efforts to prevent proliferation of biological weapons expertise from the former Soviet Union.
Responsibility: Milton Leitenberg and Raymond A. Zilinskas, with Jens H. Kuhn.

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