Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet military officer. As second-in-command of a nuclear-armed submarine during the Cuban Missile Crisis, Arkhipov blocked the captain's decision to launch a nuclear torpedo against the US Navy, thus averting a large-scale nuclear war. Reflecting on this incident forty years later, Thomas Blanton, director of the National Security Archive, remarked that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world."[1]


Roberts, Priscilla Mary (ed.) (2012) Cuban Missile Crisis: The Essential Reference Guide, Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, pp. 13-14.

Savranskaya, Svetlana (2005) New sources on the role of Soviet submarines in the Cuban missile crisis, Journal of Strategic Studies, vol. 28, pp. 233–259....

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