Unique, declassified letter addressed to Lavrentiy Beria published
The document dated 1948 has been published in the electronic library History of Rosatom.
Unique document related to the history of Russian nuclear industry that had been confidential has been published on the official web site of Rosatom State Corporation. The document is a note written by First Deputy Minister, Boris Vannikov, and addressed to First Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union, Lavrentiy Beria.
The document dated 1948 has been published in the electronic library History of Rosatom. In the note, Boris Vannikov turns to Lavrentiy Beria with an offer to build new enterprises for manufacturing of materials for nuclear bombs. In particular, it is about the fact that by 1951, there might have been a lack of a metal natural uranium in the USSR. “In the view of the lack of the metal, we have to build another factory, as soon as possible,” the document states.
According to a mark on the note, all the suggestions were examined at the meeting of Special Committee headed by Beria on June 19, 1948. As a result, all projects were implemented. Now, the factories mentioned in the note are enterprises of Rosatom - Siberian chemical plant and Angarsk electrolytical chemical plant.
At the time of this report, Rosatom did not answer whether they plan to publish this kind of unique historical documents in the future. The request has been sent to the media office of the State Corporation.
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