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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Nuclear Archives Open

MOSCOW () -- President Boris Yeltsin has ordered the publication of top-secret archive documents which will shed light on the controversial history of the Soviet Union's early nuclear program.

Yeltsin signed a decree ordering the publication of a collection of papers dating up to 1954, said a statement issued by the presidential press office Saturday.

"The decree ... aims at reconstructing an objective picture of the emergence of the national nuclear industry and the history of the creation of nuclear weapons in the Soviet Union," the statement said.

It is widely believed in the West that the Soviet Union, keen to get a nuclear bomb as a counterbalance to the U.S. arsenal, simply stole the basic technology, although Kremlin authorities have denied these allegations.