The AN-602 hydrogen bomb is 3,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. According to reports, when it was detonated over the Arctic in 1961, its shockwave circled the earth three times and its plumes mushroomed 40 miles into the sky.
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Russia touts the H-bomb as a testament to their military prowess. The display glorifies human ingenuity and technological progress. But others argue that the real success lies in the avoidance of nuclear warfare. Though the preparation for war had consequences of its own. Russia's display largely ignores the vast environmental and physical destruction caused by testing this and other bombs, missiles, and nuclear devices.
From an economics perspective, while it may have fueled certain industries, the arms race diverted resources away from other areas and left many countries with massive debt. And many argue it also deteriorated international relations... the massive leftover stockpiles are still a point of contention. By default, then, the display glorifies a weapon whose message is largely, if not wholly, to intimidate and destroy.
Read more about Russia's Hydrogen bomb:
BBC News: Russia to display mega H-bomb copy in Moscow
History Today: The Soviet-American Arms Race