Author(s): Domaradskij IV, Orent LW
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Abstract The military-biological complex of the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was a true Frankenstein's Monster, with a powerful scientific potential--or 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. In the last section of the article the authors discuss the situation in the military-biological complex that arose after former President Boris Yeltsin's 1992 decree abolishing all research and development on offensive BWs. The possibility is considered that expertise, technologies and materials from the former Soviet BWs programme have leaked out of Russia, because the living standards in Russia remain low and the overwhelming majority of scientists have a miserable existence.
This article was published in Rev Sci Tech
and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense