Putin honors scientists who died working on ‘extreme weapons’

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech at the State Awards ceremony in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. (Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

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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.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin hands the Order of Courage to a widow of a man killed in an accident during a military test outside Severodvinsk in August 2019, in Moscow, Russia November 21, 2019. (Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via REUTERS)