The Soviet Union’s Invisible Weapons of Mass Destruction

Biopreparat's Covert Biological Warfare Programme

Authors: Rimmington, Anthony

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  • Focuses on the history of Biopreparat, an important component of the Soviet offensive biological warfare programme
  • Draws upon official documents relating to Biopreparat within the Russian state archives
  • Also includes interviews with UK bioscience companies which interacted with Biopreparat
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This book focuses on Biopreparat, the Soviet agency created in 1974, which spearheaded the largest and most sophisticated biological warfare programme the world has ever seen. At its height, Biopreparat employed more than 30,000 personnel and incorporated an enormous network embracing military-focused research institutes, design centres, biowarfare pilot facilities and dual-use production plants. The secret network pursued major offensive R&D programmes, which sought to use genetic engineering techniques to create microbial strains resistant to antibiotics and with wholly new and unexpected pathogenic properties. During the mid-1980s, Biopreparat increased in size and political importance and also emerged as a major civil biopharmaceutical player in the USSR. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, an acute struggle for control of Biopreparat’s most valuable assets took place and the network was eventually broken-up and control of its facilities transferred to a myriad of state agencies and private companies.

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Anthony Rimmington is a former Senior Research Fellow at Birmingham University’s Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies, UK. He has published widely on the civil life sciences sector in the post-Soviet states and on the USSR’s offensive biological warfare programme, including The Soviet Union’s Agricultural Biowarfare Programme: Ploughshares to Swords (Palgrave, 2021).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Soviet Union’s Invisible Weapons of Mass Destruction
Book Subtitle
Biopreparat's Covert Biological Warfare Programme
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-82882-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-82882-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-82881-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 269
Number of Illustrations
20 b/w illustrations
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