IVANOV: Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. 1986. General.  Deputy Commander of Civil Defense.  General Ivanov joined the Red Army at age 17 as an armored force academy cadet and served as a Lieutenant in armor units in World War II, suffering four wounds in combat.  His subsequent career included an assignment at the nuclear test range in Kazakhstan.  Because of General Altunin's absence at a staff conference, General Ivanov assumed command of the initial national civil defense response to the accident at the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station in Chernobyl at 0300 on the morning of 26 April 1986.  He participated in the initial day's response strategy sessions and provided radiation exposure control expertise.  He received a whole body radiation dose of approximately 60 rems (radiological equivalent man), and a thyroid exposure of 120 rads (radiological absorbed dose), with ruthenium, niobium, zirconium, and cesium exposures.  General Ivanov is reported to have believed that some radiation exposure was actually good for one's health, and five years after the Chernobyl accident he showed no obvious ill effects.

Sources: Read, Piers Paul, Ablaze: The Story of the Heroes and Victims of Chernobyl, New York, New York, United States of America, Random House, Inc., 1993.

Entry 0361 - posted 22 July 2003