Visit to the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site » Igor Kurchatov’s office

Igor Kurchatov’s office

Re-enactment of a famous scenario in Igor Kurchatov’s office. Kurchatov was entrusted with American bomb design details obtained through espionage, but the rest of the Soviet scientific team was not: Lavrenti Beria wanted to use the intelligence as a check on his own team’s credibility and loyalty. As the stories are told, physicists would frequent Kurchatov’s office to update him on their ideas and developments, and he would reply, “sounds good to me” or “something tells me you’re on the wrong track, comrade” according to the secret American knowledge locked up in his safe.

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