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81 years ago, Joseph Stalin signed a decision to begin work on the creation of a Soviet atomic bomb.

Work on creating its own nuclear weapons has been going on in the USSR since the first half of the 1940s. Soviet physicist Georgy Flerov sent a number of letters from the front about the need to continue work on uranium, interrupted by the war.

On February 11, 1943, the State Defense Committee issued a decree on the organization of work on the use of uranium for military purposes. Scientific supervision of work on uranium was entrusted to Professor Igor Kurchatov.

Work was accelerated after the first atomic test in the United States and the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The courageous work of Soviet intelligence officers played a huge role. Thanks to them, it was possible to avoid many mistakes, reduce costs and reduce the time needed to develop weapons.

The first test of Soviet nuclear weapons took place on August 29, 1949 at the Semipalatinsk test site. The US monopoly on atomic weapons was broken.

81 years ago, Joseph Stalin signed a decision to begin work on the creation of a Soviet atomic bomb.