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FRONTLINE; Russian Roulette


Airdate: 2/23/99, TRT: 53 min., Ch1&2 Stereo Mix, Ch3&4 Stereo MDE, AVID AVR77 output V5, Audio Sound Techniques Mix Master

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Russian Roulette
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Premiered January 1983 Since January 1983, FRONTLINE has served as American public television's - PBS - flagship public affairs series. Hailed upon its television broadcast debut as "the last best hope for broadcast documentaries," FRONTLINE's stature over 23 years is reaffirmed each week through incisive documentaries covering the scope and complexity of the human experience. Series release date: 1/1983

Program Description

It has been eight years since the Cold War ended, but the threat of a nuclear nightmare may not be over. In 1995, Russian President Boris Yeltsin came within two minutes of launching a nuclear attack because of faulty signals from a disintegrating Russian early-warning system. FRONTLINE investigates the security of the Russian nuclear arsenal, interviewing U.S. and Russian military commanders and scientists about the menacing potential for catastrophe in the former Soviet Union. With social and economic chaos rife in this former superpower, Russian military officers reveal how nuclear suitcase bombs and missile parts may have gone missing on the international black market.

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Public Affairs
Chicago: “FRONTLINE; Russian Roulette,” 02/18/1999, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 18, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9210BF7137BC4301A4C152C2A9613C77.
MLA: “FRONTLINE; Russian Roulette.” 02/18/1999. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 18, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9210BF7137BC4301A4C152C2A9613C77>.
APA: FRONTLINE; Russian Roulette. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9210BF7137BC4301A4C152C2A9613C77
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