In 1939-1941 Bach and Berman waged a fierce covert struggle, which however did not prevent Berman from conducting intensive work on Life-2 in the underground laboratory complex at Katelnicheskaya embankment.
The dispute between Bakh and Berman was suddenly interrupted in October 1941 by a German air raid. Berman was killed by a bomb in his apartment. This fatal accident helped Bakh to get his way. The Underground laboratory building at Katelnicheskay embankment was partially sealed (the two bottom floors with the Explosiolutors), and partially transferred to the so-called Agency of Thermal Technics under TAFR (in reality the agency was trying to create a combat plasmagun). In 1952 the agency was transformed into the Experimental Engineering Center Zenith.
By 1962 TAFR had dozens of private institutions and secret laboratories that were either completely hidden or disguised in other major scientific organizations. Just in Moscow alone there were eleven agencies within the TAFR framework. The largest of them:
• LOS - Laboratory of Organic Compounds SRIPC (Scientific Research Institute of Physical Chemistry n.a. Karpov), 3-1/12 Obuhov av.
• Experimental Engineering Center Zenith, 1/15 Kotelnicheskaya embankment.
• Fourth test station, Machine Building Plant № 23 (n.a. Khrunichev), 18 Novozavodskaya st.
• Experimental Laboratory of the Research and Experimental Institute of Automobile electrical, carburetors and devices (SRI Avtopribor), 39/41 Kirpichnay st.
Following the Great Patriotic War the institutions that were part of TAFR pursued their own research, disconnected between each other. However most of them were close since they all somehow were related to paranormal phenomena. Some groups worked on questionable objects supposedly from outer space, another studied the so-called ancient civilization enigmas, and the rest were trying to understand the physics of telekinesis and telepathy.
The Zenith lab, located in the basement of the notorious building at the Kotelnicheskaya embankment, had been working on power fields and teleportation of large objects since 1954. (Soviet scientists were trying to recreate the Philadelphia Experiment done by the Americans. The data on it was received from the military intelligence and by the end of 1950s they showed considerable progress there).
Following the initiative of P.L. Kapitsa, the member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, in March 1957 during the times when Nikita Khrushchev denounced Stalin's cult of personality, they unsealed the lower floors of the Zenith lab with the equipment of the biochemist Berman (the Explosiolutors), who died back in 1941.
The contents of the Explosiolutors were checked by the State Committee members, headed by Marshal of the Soviet Army G.K. Zhukov, and were personally presented to Nikita Khrushchev and, evidently, were immediately classified.
According to the unofficial note by G.M. Malenkov, after reading the State Committee report Khrushchev shouted “Why in Lenin’s name do we need those pterodactyls?!”
As a result, the fate of the Berman heritage (this is the way the Explosiolutors and others were named in the official correspondence of the Politburo and the Central Committee) remained in the hands of G.K. Boreskov (student of the late professor Bakh), the current head of LOS. He made a true “Solomon’s decision” to once again classify the lab, without any dangerous attempts to dismantle it, and without trying to do any research on multi-nuclear Life-2. The latter had already reached considerable sizes within the Explosiolutors by that time.
This status quo was preserved until the nuclear war of 1962 broke out.