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There was, however, fierce resistance to such proposals, not least from the Minister of Defence Igor Sergeyev, who had previously headed the SRF. 75 In 1999 and 2000 Sergeyev increased Russia’s reliance on nuclear weapons, but it was clear that President Putin, aspiring to reform the military and boost morale, shared sympathies with the Kvashnin’s plan. 76 Since 1999 the Russian economy has made a remarkable recovery. 2% between 1999-2000 largely due to the rise in oil prices and the effect of the devaluation of the rubble, which made Russia’s exports more competitive.
A nuclear detonation of for instance a magnitude of 10-12 kilotons (that is, a yield equivalent to the bomb that destroyed Hiroshima) would have catastrophic results producing an estimated 100,000 immediate deaths and 200,000 more casualties of various kinds including roughly 48,000 burn victims and a large incidence of flash blindness within a radius of 11 kilometres. Buildings would be destroyed, together with highways, bridges, power grids and other infrastructure. Massive fires would be ignited around the periphery of the blast area that would continue to produce damage and casualties.
Warheads were attributed to missiles and heavy bombers through counting procedures that indicated how many warheads each deployed missile or bomber would count under the Treaty’s limit on warheads. The number of warheads attributed to ICBMs and SLBMs, usually equalled the number actually deployed on that type of missile, but the number attributed to heavy bombers were far fewer than the numbers that they can carry. The launchers being eliminated were designed to produce a 46% reduction of the former Soviet Union’s throw weight (the payload that a missile is able to carry) setting a new throw weight level that neither side may exceed.
Costs of Disarmament--Disarming the Costs: Nuclear Arms Control and Nuclear Rearmament by Susan Willett