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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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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet, I'm glad we can spread the word a bit. Let me know when it's done, okay? (If it's in english, that is)
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SovietSweetieBelle Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, yes, it will be in English lol. It could be as far in the future as months because I'm currently writing a story about a French WWI soldier and it's tough to do this with school and stuff.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Most interesting indeed! I know a good many things about the USSR, but I did not know about Mr. Arkhipov.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks.
The good man was not mentioned untill the 50-year or 60-year anniversary of the missile crisis. He received nearly no recognition, probably because rewarding him would bring the the averted disaster into the spotlights, but he did get quite some neat promotions.
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, I did a little fact finding after I'd seen this piece, and indeed he did have a very successful military career.

I also should have recognized his name from my studies of the K-19, but it has been a little while...
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anyway, I'm going to celebrate his event, which was 60 years ago next saturday (not tomorrow). What about you?
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is a day worthy of celebration!
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it most certainly is. I ended up drinking cuban rum with friends during that day, as it happened to be on the same day as a birthday. How about your person?
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The-Necromancer Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Uneventful, as I recall I had to work. But I did make mention of it when I could.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is quite an interesting story to spread. I recall someone else at the party spreading the story as if it was his' own. My friends attended me to it, and asked me if I were pissed since someone was stealing my anecdote, so I replied that it wasn't mine to begin with.

But it's amazing how a story like his is this thin-spread
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HelloAxi Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I agree, 100%
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you going to celebrate it? This event has it's 60 year anniversary upcoming saturday 27th.
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HelloAxi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
am now :D
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:iconrabadenzo:
Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good, you can celebrate it yourself to start with. I will do so too.
How did you come across this anyway?
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HelloAxi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Graffiti group I'm in :P
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet, so group-whoring works :P neato.
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someoneabletofindana Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012
Interesting, I never heard of him before O_o
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Are you going to celebrate it along with me? His day?
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Not quite sure if I'm already doing something on the 30.1, but for now I'll say yes.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's my main reason for making this. Glad I could spread the word (:
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gear-bound-deamon Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
As a member of the military, an American citizen, and a man who wants reform in his country, I have to agree. This man needs more recognition. A holiday; he deserves it, but no one would allow it as we don't have a JFK day and people still worship him with stopping the crisis. But, really, it was in those Russian officer's hands after all was said.
Thank you for the great story, and the great art.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm glad his story is heard once more, it means my work is succesfull. The fact that you, as a member of the American military, give him recognition makes me smile :)
However, just to tell the whole truth, this man was not really a hero in the sense of exceptional courage or incredible achievements, he just did his job and stuck to his obligations, which ment that he had to make his choice without letting others influence his opinion, just as his fellow officers had to do and did. However, his doubt has proven very critical in the survival of the western civilization.
If you want reform, find out what you want to reform and educate yourself. Then you can educate others, or help them find their own voice.
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gear-bound-deamon Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
"...he just did his job and stuck to his obligations..."
That is what we, as military, are trained to do. That is also part of courage. Doing what is right, morally and physically, despite what happens around you.
Not trying to argue with you but, yeah, he did have exceptional courage.
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess you're right on that.
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snogw0cky Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
Very cool! I had no idea. I'm behind an international holiday for something like this!
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Upcoming saturday, the 27th, this event happened 60 years ago. Are you going to celebrate it along with me? I'm trying to convince my friends to play battleship with vodkashots in his honour
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Rabadenzo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks. How did you find this deviation, if I may ask. And do you have any critique or advice on it?
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