Filmmaker exploring Soviet bioweapons program

Slawomir Grunberg, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, is collaborating with a group of biodefense experts to film a documentary that explores the ethical context of the research and development of biological weapons by former Soviet scientists.

The project, which includes the construction of a website as well as the film, is being conducted with funding from the Federation of American Scientist’s Virtual BioSecurity Center, a worldwide multi-organizational initiative formed to counter the threat of biological weapons, according to

After the fall of the Soviet Union, a set of U.S. government initiatives, called the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Programs, was set up to mitigate the threat posed by the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The programs helped many former Soviet bioweapons scientists to redirect their lives towards more peaceful purposes.

Twenty years later, some of the scientists are ready and in a position to reflect on their careers and the choices that led them to develop the deadly weapons.

The documentary intends to record the ways in which the scientists were able to carry on their work despite the complex issues of morality and politics surrounding them. So far, there have been no other attempts to record the scientists in their own words.