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July 16, 1985
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STAT Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/21: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100590003-7 NEW YORK TIT'ES A4 16 July 1985 RUSSIAN SCIENTIST American Confirms Report John M. Wallace, director of the Joint Institute for the Study of the At- VANISHES IN SPAIN mOsPhere tand on in Oceans at the in ersity of Washington in Seattle, said said in a tele- phnne interview that he h d U.S. Colleagues Seem Puzzled by Disappearance During a Nuclear Arms Parley By PHILIP M. BOFFEY Special to The New York Times WASHINGTON, July 15 - A Soviet expert on computer modeling and on the potentially catastrophic effects of nuclear weapons in changing the world's climate disappeared while at- tending a meeting in Spain, according to his American colleagues. The Russian, Vladimir Aleksandrov, vanished while in Madrid in March, leaving behind his passport, some air- line tickets and perhaps a few addi- tional belongings, the colleagues said. His disappearance appears to have attracted little attention outside the few scientists who knew him. It was brought to wider attention in a report from Stockholm. Sweden, published in the July 4-10 issue of Nature, a British scientific journal. a received word from sources in the Soviet Union that Mr. Aleksandrov was missing. - Dr. Wallace said that he subse- quently reached the organizers of the meeting, which was held in C6rdoba, Spain, and learned that Mr. Alek- sandrov had disappeared while in Ma- drid. Dr. Thomas Malone, a scholar-in- residence at St. Joseph's College in West Hartford, Conn., said a Soviet delegate said in a scientific workshop in Britain last month that Mr. Alek- sandrov had "disappeared in Spain under circumstances that they did not understand." He told the workshop group, which had expected Mr. Aleksandrov to at- tend, that the Soviet Union had re- ferred the matter to the International Red Cross. Mr. Aleksandrov is the author of a computer model that supports conclu- sions by American scientists that a nu- clear war would cause a climatic chill, the so-called nuclear winter, by throw- ing so much dust into the atmosphere that sunlight would be obscured. The article in Nature cited specula- tion that Mr. Aleksandrov might have defected or been forcibly repatriated to the Soviet Union, or had even been killed before he could defect or could say something in opposition to Soviet policies. The article acknowledged that the suggestions were farfetched. Declassified in Part - Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2011/12/21: CIA-RDP90-00965R000100590003-7