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would have ordered a massive launch to the US. It was also possible, that as Boris Yeltsin decided in similar circumstances, to ride things out until there was solid evidence to show what was going on.

No one knew it then but the computer system was malfunctioning. There was an unusual sunlight alignment on high-altitude clouds and the satellites’
Molniya orbits. Technicians later corrected this error by cross-referencing a geostationary satellite.
The Soviet authorities were in a fix, at one time praising him and then
reprimanding him. In any system, especially the Soviet one, do you start rewarding people for disobeying orders? He got assigned to a less sensitive post, took early retirement and suffered a nervous breakdown.
There is some confusion on what happened on September 23, 1983. My feeling is that he did not inform his superiors. Otherwise, why would he
receive a less sensitive post and go to early retirement?

Not a single western intelligence agency had any idea how close the world had come to nuclear war. It was only in the 1990s when Coronel General Yury Votintsev, a one-time Soviet Air Defense Missile Defense Unit commander, published his memoirs that the world learned about the incident.

One shudders to think what would have happened had Boris Yeltsin been in command and drunk. A US president could feel different pressures to shoot first and answer
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