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Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev


Vitaly Leonidovich Katayev (1932–2001) joined the Defense Industry Department of the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party in 1975, after fifteen years as a designer in the Soviet defense industry. He served as deputy head of defense until the department was disbanded in 1993. His papers are deposited at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

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A Memoir Of The Missile Age

by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayevvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Behind the scenes during the nuclear arms race—a Soviet insider’s perspective. 

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Rocket Man

by Vitaly Leonidovich Katayevvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mission Control played Tchaikovsky, the countdown ended, and then the huge Soviet rocket composed its own last movement—a fireball. A Cold War weapons designer recalls a darkly comic memory.