First of all, I would like to express gratitude on behalf of academician Eugeni I. Chazov, who was kindly invited by Professor Safar to attend this Congress. Unfortunately, some circumstances connected with work prevented Dr. Chazov's attending. Most of you are probably informed about his attitude toward the movement known as Physicians for Nuclear Disarmament. In 1981, Dr. Chazov delivered his paper at the First Congress of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), held in Airlie, Virginia, USA. The Academy of Medical Sciences of the USSR has established a special Council to help guide this disaster prevention movement among Soviet physicians. Academician Chazov is the chairman of this Council.
In May 1981, our central newspaper, Pravda, published an appeal to the scientists of the world, signed by many prominent Soviet scientists, Lenin and State Prize winners of the USSR, and Nobel Prize winners, calling upon their colleagues and urging all scientific workers to do everything possible to avert the danger of nuclear war. Professor Chazov was among those who signed.