Moscow Redux

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:
Moscow Redux

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This chapter addresses the suspicious actions of the Russian government toward the 1979 outbreak. It first takes a look at the meeting with Dr. Burgasov, who immediately dismisses the possible information that can be taken from the autopsy data of Abramova and Grinberg. Instead, Burgasov pinpoints the missing manuscript he was writing with Dr. Nikiforov as providing a more complete picture of the outbreak and stresses the importance of studying the veterinary files. The chapter then shifts to the research team's report in Kremlin, where the author argues that the real cause of the outbreak remains without scientific documentation, and that the families have a right to know what killed their loved ones. It reveals that Yablokov, who was present at the Kremlin meeting, is convinced that the outbreak was caused by an accident at Military Compound 19, where research on anthrax was being conducted. The chapter emphasizes the possibility that President Yeltsin was covering his tracks through various presidential decrees, and that nobody has taken full responsibility for the victims' deaths.

Keywords: presidential decrees; Kremlin meeting; veterinary files; Military Compound 19; anthrax research

Chapter.  4313 words. 

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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