The son confirmed the death to prevent a nuclear war officer Petrov

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pirogovskiy officer Stanislav Petrov (centre) at the presentation to him of the Dresden award for the prevention of nuclear warThe son confirmed the death to prevent a nuclear war officer Petrov© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pirogov

Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov, recognized a failure in the warning system of a nuclear strike, has died in the Moscow suburb of Fryazino in may 2017. This TV channel «Zvezda» told his son Dmitri Petrov.

Reports of the death of a Soviet officer appeared in the foreign press in mid-September. The first of the death of the Lieutenant Colonel wrote the German newspaper WAZ, entitling obituary «Died the Saviour of the world». According to the publication, the cause of death was pneumonia, congestive.

«Yes, I confirm, he died in may,» commented the publication of son of the Soviet military.

In 1983, Stanislav Petrov, while on duty, recognized the failure of the early warning system for nuclear attack, which showed that the U.S. was launching Intercontinental ballistic missiles. Later investigation revealed that the sensors adopted for the start of the MDBs reflected sunlight.