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"Dead Hand"

Not my usual firearm post but something weapon related. Dead Hand is a nuclear control system used by the Russians as a deterrence. The system detects a combination of radioactive, seismologic, pressure and light variations to determine if a nuclear strike on Russian soil has occurred. This means that even if all of Russia’s chain of command were killed in a nuclear strike, Dead Hand would respond by launching most if not all of the Russians nuclear ICBM’s at preprogrammed targets.

Dead Hand is supposedly only activated during a potential crisis, possibly to avoid accidental launches if a Russian nuke were to explode by accident. Dead Hand is said to still be in use and receiving modern system upgrades. However, the exact nature of Dead Hand is not known. There is debate whether it is a fully autonomous system or if it does require at least 1 surviving person to issue the final launch command once all parameters have been met.

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Yanov Railway Station, Chernobyl (by jamescharlick)

Yanov station was the vital passenger pickup point for those arriving by train into Pripyat in the hours after the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant catastrophe. The irradiated carriages and engines remain to this day.

These images were taken in October 2011, I have been re-editing the series for a revamp of my portfolio and found several images I liked that went unused previously and thought I would share them here.

Pripyat Fun Fair Bumper Cars (by jamescharlick)

Pripyat was the town built for the workers at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. It has been a ghost town since the accident.

The fun fair was due to open just days after the accident.

These images were taken in October 2011, I have been re-editing the series for a revamp of my portfolio and found several images I liked that went unused previously and thought I would share them here.

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