Soviet spymaster dies at 93





Legendary Soviet spy Aleksandr Feklisov, who helped the Soviet Union get the secret formula for an atomic bomb, has died in Moscow at the age of 93. Feklisov was responsible for stealing nuclear technology from the U.S. His efforts cut by half the amount of time it took the Soviets to test an atomic weapon.
The KGB handler also played a key role in bringing the USSR and the U.S. back from the brink of a nuclear conflict during the Cuban missile crisis in the 1960s.

A year before his death he spoke out about his experiences as a spy in the nuclear race after the Second World War.

“I’ll never forget that meeting was I think in 1948 in November, and a colleague came in and said - Kurchatov’s team is heading for its goal at great speed. I said - what goal? Well, he said, soon the Baby will be born and will make its voice heard,” he wrote in his book.

The baby was the nuclear bomb, the Soviet answer to the U.S nukes that killed more than 100,000 Japanese at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The “great speed” of its evolution was partly due to Aleksandr Feklisov.

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