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00:00:02
>> And the winners are a warrior monk, a Greek god, and a seabird. All selected as the names of new super weapons unveiled by the Kremlin. Over 7 million Russians took part in that name-that-weapon vote organized by the country's military. They decided to call this laser Peresvet after a medieval warrior monk who took part in a 14th century battle against the Mongols.
00:00:25
But Putin's show stopper is a nuclear powered cruise missile, which he's boasted can evade a US missile shield. It will now be called Burevestnik, Russian for the storm petrol sea bird. Voters opted for the more conventional Poseidon for an underwater nuclear drone. Other suggested names that didn't make the final cut included Stalin and Palmyra, the Syrian city which Russian forces helped Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad take back from Islamic State.
00:00:51
The weapons have fueled fears over a new cold war, though Western analysts doubt their claimed superpowers or ever their existence. Real or not, though, they now have names.