Stanislaw Jewgrafowitsch Petrow 2016
Stanislaw Jewgrafowitsch Petrow, 2016. Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile had been launched from the United States, followed by up to five more. Petrov judged the reports to be a false alarm, and his decision to disobey orders, against Soviet military protocol, is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in the Third World War and a large-scale nuclear war which could have wiped out half of the population of the countries involved. File:Stanislaw-jewgrafowitsch-petrow-2016.jpg by Queery-54 and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.