In 1983 Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet military officer, averted a worldwide nuclear war. But, ironically, instead of being honored and praised for his actions, he found his life nearly ruined.

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Stanislav Petrov wears his military uniform in this photograph which appeared in the American magazine People June 14, 1999. He had been a promising young officer, a lieutenant colonel, many times decorated. His military career ended prematurely as a result of the false nuclear missile attack warning in September 1983.

(Photograph © Juliet Butler / Alamy)

 

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Stanislav Petrov speaks in a meeting at the United Nations in New York City Jan. 19, 2006. With him is his interpreter, Galina.

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During his trip to the United States in January 2006, Stanislav Petrov meets with renowned American journalist Walter Cronkite (center) at his CBS office in New York City. Douglas Mattern (right) is president of the Association of World Citizens, which honored Stanislav Petrov with its World Citizen Award in a meeting Jan. 19 at the United Nations in New York City.

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Stanislav Petrov and Douglas Mattern (left), president of the Association of World Citizens, prepare to board a helicopter which will take them to see the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Stanislav Petrov was in the United States Jan. 14-28, 2006, participating in many meetings and interviews.

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In the spring of 2007, during his second visit to the United States, Stanislav Petrov and his interpreter, Galina, look toward Manhattan from near the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Stanislav Petrov and Douglas Mattern (right), president of the Association of World Citizens, take a break while participating in the filming of the documentary The Man Who Saved the World during Stanislav Petrov’s second visit to the United States in the spring of 2007. In the distance is Manhattan.

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Stanislav Petrov and his son, Dmitri, with “Dzhek” in a photograph that appeared in the American magazine People June 14, 1999. Stanislav Petrov also has a daughter, Yelena. His wife, Raisa, died many years ago.

(Photograph by Nikolai Ignatiev)

 

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