Matthew Evangelista's Unarmed Forces, to take only one example, demonstrates the ability of highly placed scientists such as Evgenii Velikhov
to translate their authority as scientists into substantive political change--in Velikhov's case, the struggle against nuclear weapons.
But if there is a "hero" in this account, it is Evgenii Velikhov
, head of the Soviet fusion program, who proposed the INTOR study to the IAEA in the first place; steadfastly expressed the support of the Soviet Union for INTOR construction, when the other Parties were giving mixed messages, or having financial crises, within their own government programs; and brought the collaboration to the attention of Secretary Gorbachev in advance of the 1985 Summit Meeting with President Reagan.
Svidetel'stvo sovremennika (Extended recovery [1953-1985]: Witness of a contemporary) (Moscow: Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniia, 1991); personal interview with Evgenii Velikhov
, Moscow, 29 July 1992; and Evgenii Chazov, Zdorov'e i vlast': Vospominaniia "kremlevskogo vracha" (Health and power: Memoirs of the "Kremlin doctor") (Moscow: Novosti, 1992), especially pp.