Proliferation Soviet Nukes On the Loose

As the Kremlin's power shrivels, the West worries about who has control of the disintegrating superpower's vast atomic arsenal

The idea once seemed terrifying: tens of thousands of nuclear weapons of every size and range, all under the control of a dictator in Moscow who could order them launched at will. Now that seems like the good old days. The world gradually came to trust whoever ruled in the Kremlin to exercise caution lest a nuclear war annihilate the Soviet Union along with the rest of the planet. But suppose the arsenal was so split up that no one would even know who might be able to order the detonation of how much of it. It could happen soon, and...

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