What connected Stephen Hawking to Russia?

Yuri Milner And Stephen Hawking host press conference to announce Breakthrough Starshot, a new space exploration initiative, at One World Observatory on April 12, 2016 in New York City.

On March 14, renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking passed away at the age of 76.

The brilliant mind and most famous physicist of his time visited the Soviet Union numerous times and most recently supported a Russian billionaire in his ambitious initiative to explore the Universe.

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