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The Soviet Biological Weapons Program

A History

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$67.50 • £54.95 • €61.00

ISBN 9780674047709

Publication Date: 07/20/2012


960 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

28 halftones, 6 line illustrations, 20 tables


  • Preface
  • Note on Transliteration
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Soviet Union’s Biological Warfare Program, 1926–1972
  • 2. Beginnings of the “Modern” Soviet Biological Warfare Program, 1970–1977
  • 3. The USSR Ministry of Defense Facilities and the Soviet Biological Warfare Program
  • 4. The Open-Air Testing of Biological Weapons by Aralsk-7 on Vozrozhdeniye Island
  • 5. Defensive Activities against Biological Warfare Carried Out in the Soviet Civilian Sector
  • 6. Biopreparat’s Role in the Soviet Biological Weapons Program and Its Survival in Russia
  • 7. Biopreparat’s State Research Center for Applied Microbiology (SRCAM)
  • 8. All-Union Research Institute of Molecular Biology SPA (“Vector”)
  • 9. Biopreparat Facilities at Leningrad, Lyubuchany, and Stepnogorsk
  • 10. Soviet Biological Weapons and Doctrines for Their Use
  • 11. Distinguishing between Offensive and Defensive Biological Warfare Activities
  • 12. Assessments of Soviet Biological Warfare Activities by Western Intelligence Services
  • 13. United States Covert Biological Warfare Disinformation
  • 14. Soviet Allegations of the Use of Biological Weapons by the United States
  • 15. Sverdlovsk 1979: The Release of Bacillus anthracis Spores from a Soviet Ministry of Defense Facility and Its Consequences
  • 16. Allegations of Soviet Responsibility for the Use of Mycotoxins
  • 17. Collaboration of Warsaw Pact States in the Soviet Union’s Biological Warfare Program
  • 18. The Question of Biological Weapons Proliferation from the USSR Biological Warfare Program
  • 19. Recalcitrant Russian Policies in a Parallel Area: Chemical Weapon Demilitarization
  • 20. The Soviet Union, Russia, and Biological Warfare Arms Control
  • 21. The Gorbachev Years: The Soviet Biological Weapons Program, 1985–1992
  • 22. Boris Yeltsin to the Present
  • 23. United States and International Efforts to Prevent Proliferation of Biological Weapons Expertise from the Former Soviet Union
  • Conclusion
  • Annex A: Acronyms and Contractions
  • Annex B: Glossary of Biological Warfare–Related Words and Terms
  • Annex C: A Joint Decree of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, USSR and the USSR Council of Ministers, Dated 24 June 1981
  • Annex D: Joint US/UK/Russian Statement of Biological Weapons
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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