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A visit to Russia's secret nuclear labs

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
March 1, 2017
By Siegfried S. Hecker

On February 23, 1992, less than two months after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, I landed on the tarmac in Sarov, a city the government had removed from maps to keep secret its status as a nuclear weapons center. I was then director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory and­­ accompanied by two senior scientists from my own lab plus three colleagues from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
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