NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
16th August, 1953 : The Soviet Union has broken the American monopoly of the hydrogen bomb, according to Georgi Malenkov, the Soviet Prime Minister. Malenkov made his disclosure to the Supreme Soviet after a bitter attack on United States foreign policy. He then made a very brief reference to the fact that the Soviet Union is now the world’s latest possessor of this most powerful of weapons.
The claim was greeted with both shock and scepticism in the West, where it was pointed out that no nuclear explosion has been detected at the Soviet Union’s Kazakhstan test site since 1951. Soviet nuclear weapon development has been under the control of Lavrenti Beria, the soviet secret police chief, who was recently arrested for spying.