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Soviet Nuclear Depot In Czech Republic To Open As Museum

A bunker in the western Czech Republic built in the 1960s to house Soviet nuclear warheads is being turned into a museum where visitors can take a close look at the arms race of the Cold War era. The bunker, one of three such depots in the former Czechoslovakia, was kept secret during the communist era. (10 PHOTOS)

The entrance to the secret bunker, hidden in the forest near the town of Misov, southwest of Prague
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The entrance to the secret bunker, hidden in the forest near the town of Misov, southwest of Prague

Curator Milan Skocovsky checks part of the exhibition, which is entirely housed in the former Soviet Army nuclear weapons depot.
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Curator Milan Skocovsky checks part of the exhibition, which is entirely housed in the former Soviet Army nuclear weapons depot.

A picture of Josef Stalin hangs next to a security door. The museum, created by the Iron Curtain Foundation, a Czech organization, is set to open to the public in August.
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A picture of Josef Stalin hangs next to a security door. The museum, created by the Iron Curtain Foundation, a Czech organization, is set to open to the public in August.

The weapons depot was run by the Soviet Army, and no Czechs had access to it. The site was capable of housing up to 80 nuclear warheads, but it is not known whether warheads were actually ever stored there.
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The weapons depot was run by the Soviet Army, and no Czechs had access to it. The site was capable of housing up to 80 nuclear warheads, but it is not known whether warheads were actually ever stored there.

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