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The KGB List of Victims

Jeanne Guillemin

in Anthrax

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 1999 | ISBN: 9780520222045
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520927100 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520222045.003.0015
The KGB List of Victims

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This chapter focuses on the KGB list of the outbreak victims, which was given to the research team by Larissa Mishustina, who first wrote a letter to Russian President Yeltsin in order to appeal to his conscience on the 1979 anthrax outbreak. Mishustina also recommended that he read two articles on anthrax, which were written by a native of Yekaterinburg. The chapter examines the list of the victims of the 1979 anthrax epidemic and notes Mishustina's assurances that the deaths were “the consequence of bacteriological weapons.” It considers the fact that questions were still open on military involvement in the outbreak, before finally examining the interviews that were conducted in Chkalovskiy, and which reveal links to the military.

Keywords: KGB list; outbreak victims; Larissa Mishustina; bacteriological weapons; military involvement

Chapter.  3379 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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