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Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear ‘war’

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear ‘war’

Inside a room designed as a Soviet-era nuclear bunker, two Russians rush to prevent a catastrophic strike on the United States.

Their quest – the latest craze in Moscow – is to find the nuclear launch codes and deactivate a hidden red button, which has already been pressed by a Russian lunatic.

It is a complete fantasy; just an interactive game housed in a building in a former industrial area of ​​the city, reminiscent of the fears of the cold war.

But in the midst of the current tensions with Russia, in which the potential nuclear confrontation with the West has been raised again, this seems a little troubling.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'
Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear ‘war’

“I am worried because there is very stupid information on both sides,” said Maxim Motin, a Russian who just finished the game Red Button Quest.

“I know that normal people all over the world do not want war,” he added.

Nation Prepares for Conflict

But Russian officials have prepared the country for the possibility of a conflict, fueling deep concern over a confrontation with the West, the former Russian Cold War rival.

Russian television broadcast a mass training exercise, involving up to 40 million people across the country. It is designed to prepare responses, according to the government, to a chemical or nuclear attack.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

The video shows emergency workers in protective suits and gas masks leading the rehearsal of civil defense, the largest of its kind since the collapse of the Soviet Union. This suggests that the Kremlin wants the Russians to take the threat of war very seriously.

Of course, a generalized conflict between Russia and the West remains highly unlikely.

Analysts say the principle of mutually assured destruction – or MAD – is still a deterrent, just as it did during the Cold War.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

But with tensions growing in Syria, Ukraine and the Baltic states, analysts believe that a small risk of contact, misunderstanding and escalation between the nuclear superpowers has become very real.

“I don’t think a nuclear war is likely,” said Fyodor Lukyanov, editor-in-chief of Russia in Global Affairs, a major foreign policy journal.

“But when two nuclear superpowers operate with their military machines in the same area, very close to each other and they don’t have good coordination, anything unforeseen can happen,” he said. told CNN.

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The Kremlin plays its fears

It is a risk that the Kremlin seems to want to play, the state television increasing its radical rhetoric these last weeks.

In his flagship current affairs program, Dmitry Kiselyev, Russia’s main news anchor – critically dubbed the Kremlin’s chief propagandist – recently issued a stern warning of world war if Russian and American forces clashed. Syria.

“Brutal behavior towards Russia could have nuclear dimensions,” he said.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

The Russian Defense Ministry also released details of the latest intercontinental ballistic missile added to its nuclear arsenal.

Satan 2, as it is called, will be the most destructive weapon in the world, securing Russia’s place as a leading nuclear power.

It is an apocalyptic vision that adds a new sense of realism to the fantastic quest carried out by the players in Moscow.

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“I know that now in schools in Russia, they are telling children that our main enemy is the United States,” said Alisa Sokoleva, another player from Moscow.

“But it seems ridiculous to me and I am completely sure that war is impossible,” she adds.

Russian gamers race to prevent nuclear 'war'

Back in the fake bunker of the Cold War, the Russian players deciphered the launch codes and deactivated the launch of the missile. The United States, it seems, has again been saved from this virtual Russian nuclear attack.

Hopefully, the real world will also be spared from such a confrontation.

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