instructed Molotov to find out if a bomb was possible. He wanted to ask
Soviet scientists if they thought Russia could build one. Many scientists,
including Kapitsa, said that it was possible,
but very expensive and would take at least ten years. Stalin thought it
was worth starting a project, but on a small scale in case it didn't work.
Kurchatov was also shown the MAUD Committee report. He was impressed with the research, but he said that Soviet scientists were already thinking along the same lines. He also thought the stolen report could help them, but he didn't trust it completely. Everything would need to be checked by the Soviet scientists.
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