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    This Aug.30, 1963 black-and-white file photo shows the White House Kremlin hot line providing direct communication for emergency use by the Chief of Staff in Washington and Moscow, becaming operational. Air Force Sgt. John Bretoski, left, and Army Lt. Col. Charles Fitzgerald, man the equipment in the Pentagon during a test run. The Pentagon is the U.S. operating terminal for both the land line-transocean circuit and the alternate radio circuit, with a direct relay to the White House.

    White House Uses Russian Tech to Keep in Touch With Kremlin

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    Established in 1963, in the wake of the October 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the Moscow–Washington hotline is a system that allows direct communication between the leaders of the United States and Russia.

    The Washington-Moscow hotline uses Russian-made communications gear set up at the White House, a representative from Russian technology company Rostech told Sputnik.

    A sophisticated scrambler developed by Avtomatica Concern, which is part of Rostech, was tested by US specialists and recommended for use in the direct telephone link connecting Washington with Moscow.

    “Russian-made equipment has been used exclusively ever since the hotline came about,” the Rostech official said.

    He added that Avtomatica Concern has developed and built dozens of scramblers used in top-level communications.

    “The equipment made by Avtomatica is used in offices, on trains and planes ensuring fail-proof communications the country’s top leaders need to run the country,” the representative noted.

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    Joint-stock company “Avtomatica Concern” is the largest enterprise in the Russian Federation dealing with information security and developing protected information and telecommunications systems as well as specialized automated control systems.

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