Core of the Matter

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Core of the Matter
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Bridge over the River Grotzny
Bridge over the River Vizchgoi


Elba Island

Part of

Second World War


Komensk nuclear reactor, USSR


Nuclear meltdown averted


RAR Soviets Logo.png Soviet Union

RAR Allies Logo.png Allied Forces


Restart the cooling systems to stop nuclear reactor meltdown

Trigger nuclear reactor meltdown


RAR Soviets Logo.png Soviet Commander

RAR Allies Logo.png Unknown

The Allies have infiltrated one of our nuclear reactors! They have tampered with the core so that a meltdown is imminent within 30 minutes. They must not succeed! Enter the base and find any remaining technicians. Guide them to the four coolant stations so they can activate them, then activate the main computer. The security systems have been armed so beware. Kill any Allies you find.
- Mission briefing

Core of the Matter is the seventh mission in the Soviet campaign of Red Alert.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Nadia spoke to the commanding officer of the Soviet forces on the phone that the core in the USSR has been targeted by Allied spies. When she tells Kukov about this, he tried to go but Nadia forced him to stay with her for the time being. The Soviet Commander was sent to the underground facility so that the core can be repaired online once again.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

Unbeknownst to both the Soviet Commander and his rival-in-arms, Soviet military officers backed a plan to assassinate Stalin which eventually fails and the Premier finds out that his subordinates are behind it. Vladimir Kosygin decides to get out from Soviet exposure as Stalin (after an Allied tragedy at Elba island) finds out that Gradenko must be behind it, but Nadia Zelenkov poisons him with tea following orders to the Soviets' own leadership.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Meltdown imminent (mission failure cutscene)
Meltdown averted (mission accomplished cutscene)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Soviet mission 7: "Core of the Matter".
Red Alert, Counterstrike and The Aftermath missions