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Yuri Votintsev

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Colonel General Yuriy Vsyevolodovich Votintsev (Юрий Всеволодович Вотинцев; 23 October 1919 – 29 November 2005) was a commander of the Soviet Air Defense's Missile Defense Units. He is best known for the revelation in his memoirs in 1998 of the 1983 incident involving Stanislav Petrov in which the latter probably prevented an inadvertent nuclear war between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Biography He was born October 23, 1919 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, to Vsyevolod Dimitrievich and Anastasia Alexandrovna (Shcheglova) Votintsev, his father reportedly killed by English and/or American agents. He married Anna Makarovna (Rysakova) Votintsev (b. 1919), with a son, Vsyevolod Yurievich Votintsev (b. 1956), who worked as a military journalist, and a daughter, Marina Yuryevna Votintseva (b. 1959), a military foreign linguist. Career Votintsev was a promoted and repeatedly decorated artillery officer throughout World War II. Toward 1953 he was lending h
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