Few people know it … However, hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Stanislav Petrov’s actions, a retired Soviet military officer, was lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defense Forces, prevented the start of a global nuclear war and the devastation it on a large area of the Earth.
For several crucial moments September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov held the world’s fate in his hands.
When suddenly an early warning alarm came from Soviet nuclear center Serpukhov-15, Stanislav was responsible for reacting and following protocol, a report that five US nuclear missiles bound for the Soviet Union. Rather than fight back, Stanislav has followed his feeling inside and went against protocol, to convince the armed forces, it was a false alarm. His decision saved the world from a nuclear holocaust potentially devastating.