Question by robur_58: what effects did atomic bombs in Japan by US have on USSR?
I am now studying Cold war and as one of my requirements is to research one of the events during Cold War. I’ve decided to research on atomic bombs and I was wondering what kind of effects this had on USSR. I am sure that it has something to do with bombs by US at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which could be said to be the beginning of the Cold War, but I couldn’t find good websites for this….
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Answer by Spellbound (bigredan *JPA)
Stalin knew about the atomic bombs before they were dropped – the USSR’s spy network had alerted the Soviets to them.
Stalin was at Potsdam when the Hiroshima bomb was dropped and publicly he was amazed and appalled, privately he had already put Beria (head of the NKVD) in charge of the Soviet effort to acquire their own atomic capability.
A really good source for the Soviet atomic effort is “Beria. My Father” by Sergo Beria, and these websites:
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