Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov

Military Person

Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Александрович Архипов) (30 January 1926 – 1999) was a Soviet naval officer. During the Cuban Missile Crisis he prevented the launch of a nuclear torpedo and therefore a possible nuclear war. His story is to this day unknown to the wider public, although some believe that, as Thomas Blanton (then director of the National Security Archive) expressed it in 2002, "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world." Arkhipov was born in a peasant family near Moscow. He was educated in the Pacific Higher Naval School and participated in the Soviet war against Japan in August 1945 serving aboard a minesweeper. He transferred to the Caspian Higher Naval School and graduated in 1947. He served in the submarine service aboard boats in the Black Sea, Northern and Baltic Fleets. In July 1961 Arkhipov was appointed deputy commander or executive officer of the new Hotel-class ballistic missile submarine K-19. He backed Captain Nikolai Vladimirovich Zateyev during the potential mutiny and received a dose of radiation after the accident. This incident is depicted in the American film K-19: The Widowmaker. On October 27, 1962, during the Cuban Missile  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Date of birth
Place of birth
Soviet Union


Date of death
Place of death
Staraya Kupavna

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