Slava Paperno: Well, did they see animals brought in and taken away?
G.N. Lepeshkin: They were doing it themselves...
Paperno: They were probably taking away carcasses...
Lepeshkin: No, there were no carcasses there.
Paperno: Would they bury something or what?
Lepeshkin: What are you talking about? No.
Everybody has some kind of silly theory, especially in that book... that monkeys were standing in rows, and they were dying. Well, nobody was dying. A human being, even if he received a dose, he should first get sick and be sick for a while, and then die. But right away, for him to come in from the field and die, that doesn't happen.
Paperno: But how is it possible to verify a fatal outcome if the animals don't die?
Lepeshkin: No, I... The fatal outcome doesn't begin right away, and the soldier doesn't see it. The soldier would deliver the animal and take it back. That's it...
There were people who would come in and work, they were the experts. They were observing...
Paperno: But sooner or later the animals would die?
Lepeshkin: And these experts would bury them.
Paperno: So the lab technician or researcher who was working with a microscope would then go and dig a pit for the dead animal, or what?
Lepeshkin: It didn't happen that way.
Paperno: Then how?
Lepeshkin: So there were lab technicians, there were workers, civilians, who were hauling all this, who were doing it, who were mechanics, who were providing support. There was a team that was specifically assigned to this. But not soldiers.
Paperno: And they also all had clearance, including the mechanics?..
Lepeshkin: Of course, of course. All the people who were working there, they all had special clearance.
Paperno: Including the civilians?
Lepeshkin: Including the civilians.