Man ‘saved the world’ after refusing Russian nuclear strike against America

A man who refused to approve a Russian nuclear strike against America has been credited with "saving the world" after his actions put a stop to nuclear annihilation.

That man was Vasily Arkhipov, a Soviet naval officer who prevented the launch of a nuclear torpedo during the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Nuclear crisis is back on the table as current Russian president and warmonger Vladimir Putin warned he would use "all means necessary" against Western forces intervening in the Ukraine war.

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His prevention of an attack that would have likely sparked global thermonuclear war has often been praised as one that had "saved the world".

But the actions at the time and immediate fallout of Arkhipov's refusal to launch the missile were met with fury from Soviet brass.

It also led to relief from US officials at the time, with Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defence at the time, reflecting that the worl came "closer than we knew" to nuclear war.

Yet the actions of Arkhipov, who defied orders to launch a "Special Weapon" as it was called, found the Soviet sub with a problem on board.

Three officers were needed to approve the launch of the nuclear missile, with Arkhipov the only man to refuse the order despite pressure from political officer Ivan Semyonovich Maslennikov and captain Valentin Grigoryevich Savitsky.

An argument broke out between the three, and according to one biographer, it was the actions of Arkhipov that subsequently led to the decision not to launch.

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His persuasive argument eventually convicned Savitsky that the submarine they were onboard should be surfaced, where they would wait for contact with Moscow.

Upon surfacing, they soon found themselves back in the Soviet Union, where many of the crew members were told it would have been "better if you'd gone down with your ship".

Retired commander Vadim Pavlovich Orlov held a press conference in 2002 to confirm that the submarines had been loaded with nuclear weaponry and that Arkhipov had managed to defer a nuclear war.

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