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Russian Roulette (#1712)

It has been eight years since the Cold War ended, but the threat of a nuclear nightmare may not be over. In 1995, Russian President Yeltsin came within two minutes of launching a nuclear attack because of faulty signals from a disintegrating Russian early warning system. FRONTLINE investigates the security of the Russian nuclear arsenal, interviewing U.S. and Russian military commanders and scientists about the menacing potential for catastrophe in the former Soviet Union. And with social and economic chaos rife in this former super power, Russian military officers reveal how nuclear suitcase bombs and missile parts may have gone missing on the international black market. [56 minutes] Closed Captioning

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