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Achievements of the Soviet biological weapons programme and implications for the future
|Author(s) :||I.V. Domaradskij & W. Orent|
The military–biological complex of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a true Frankenstein’s Monster, with a powerful scientific potential – for good and for ill. This article examines both the direct scientific results of the twin biological weapons (BWs) programmes run by the ‘civilian’ Biopreparat and by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the public health benefits that sprang, despite the original intent, out of those programmes. The authors will also explore the potential for both crop and livestock destruction and for enhanced agricultural methods growing out of the parallel Soviet programme under the management of the Special Directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture.