The Balashevo (Russian: БАЛАШЕВО) is a fictional Soviet freighter that appeared in The Return of Godzilla. It secretly contained the controls for the Soviets' nuclear attack satellite, which was poised to launch a nuclear warhead at Godzilla should he come ashore in Tokyo.
The ship contained on board controls for a nuclear missile satellite. While Godzilla was being attacked by the JSDF in Tokyo Bay, he submerged himself. The resulting wake knocked the Balashevo into the harbor and disrupted some of its systems, the most crucially of which were the controls of the armed satellite. This triggered a countdown to fire the nuclear missile at Tokyo. The captain, who under government orders had earlier disabled the firing system, attempted to shut down the launch sequence. After squeezing through the broken doorway, the captain was killed in a small explosion before being able to stop the countdown. Eventually the nuclear missile was fired at Tokyo as a result.
- In the American release of the film, Godzilla 1985, the sequence of the Balashevo crashing into the harbor is re-cut to portray Kashirin as attempting to launch the nuclear missile instead of stopping it. This was done to portray the Russians as villainous aggressors due to Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union at the time.
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