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People often think of Soviets as the baddies (because they are in pretty much every video game). However, these two Soviet military officers have come possibly the closest to ending the world and have decided not to. 

Stanislav Petrov and Vasili Arkhipov both (other than having very Russian names) came basically a word away from starting all-out nuclear war. One in 1962 and one over twenty years later in 1983.

So, really you have these two Soviets to thank for your continued existence.

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