UPDATED 9:01 AM PT — Friday, November 22, 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin recently addressed the widows of five scientists who died while working on advanced weapons. On Thursday, he spoke with the relatives of the engineers who passed last year during the televised state award event at the Kremlin. Putin gave each of the families an award for what the Russian president called “critically important work.”
The Russian leader never specified the type of weapons were being worked on, however, he claimed the new arms were the only way to guarantee the peace. The engineers were reportedly killed by a nuclear explosion causing a radiation spike in the area, which authorities have insisted does not pose a threat.
“I’m talking about the most advanced technical ideas and solutions unlike anything else in the world,” stated the Russian president. “About weapons designed to ensure sovereignty and security for Russia for decades to come.”
Putin first announced his plans in advanced weaponry last spring and said Russia will move forward with development despite any setback.