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The man who saved the world by Rabadenzo The man who saved the world by Rabadenzo
This man is Vasili Arkhipov.
During the Cuba Crisis, when western civilisation was, without realisation, on the verge of total annahilation, this man was one of the three officers on board of a Soviet Submarine that carried a nuclear warhead.

Their submarine was surrounded by twelve American warships, which were trying to force the submarine to surface. Little did they know about the dangerous weapon this submarine carried.

The three officers, being attacked with depth charges, were assigned to launch their weapon as soon as the war started. In order to launch, they had to agree unanimously on it.
This barely known hero prevented this, and chose to surface instead.

If he did agree, they would have started a nuclear war.
I propose that we make his birthday, Januari 30th, an international holiday.

PS, my scanner won't scan this, so I made a picture instead
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s1cohen Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Thanks for uploading this. This man deserves monuments erected in his name in both the United States and Russia.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
He should have a statue and a national holiday. I like how attention around this guy is growing each year.
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s1cohen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
I agree! :)
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Euroseth Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013
I regretfully have never heard of him, but am glad to share a birthday with him. History never recognizes anything outside of broad, senseless warfare and how it was or wasn't justified according to the victor, and nothing beyond that. I really do like the stencil, though.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, now you have heard of him.
The thought that we nearly were in a nuclear worldwar if it were not for one guy kind of frightens me, and goes to show that any warfare should be held only as a last option. This piece of history actually was released the director of the National Security Archive, which is quite interesting.
History does discuss various other things outside of senseless warfare, depending on the sources which you use. Never trust the source of the victor though, and with internet, you can usually find diverse other sources too.

Thanks :)
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SovietSweetieBelle Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Спасибо, тов. Архипов.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I don't speak any russian, but I think you mentioned Arkipov.
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SovietSweetieBelle Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yes, it means "Thank you, comrade Arkhipov".
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes, we ought to thank him. Will you be celebrating his birthday? I will invite my drinking-buddies over to play battleship with vodka-shots instead of ships in his honour.
I'm not sure what he'd think of it, but it's an effective way of spreading the word.
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SovietSweetieBelle Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Not much of a drinker, however, I do believe I shall write a short story with him as the protagonist.
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