New Threat of Russian Nuclear War?
YELTSIN'S RUSSIA PREPARES FOR WAR
by Jeffrey R. Nyquist
February 15, 1999
Russia is preparing for nuclear war against America. Though Russia has
been in economic turmoil, Moscow has been spending billions on vast
underground nuclear war bunkers, new biological and chemical weapons, as
well as road and rail-mobile ICBMs.
Yeltsin's military continues to deploy 10,000 to 12,000 ABMs
(Anti-Ballistic Missiles) and 18 battle management radars, even though such
deployment violates the 1972 ABM Treaty.
At the same time, the Russian Navy continues to improve its surface
and submarine forces, deploying the largest ballistic missile cruiser of
its kind -- the "Peter the Great".
Why is a supposedly bankrupt country spending its precious capital on
A recent defector from the main intelligence directorate of the
Russian General Staff, Colonel Stanislav Lunev, says that "Russia remains
terrified of the power of America."
Lunev points to recent Russian military exercises as evidence of this
paranoia. Earlier this year, the Russian Air Force practiced nuclear
bombing runs over the Polar icecap. These bombers would take such a route
if they attacked the United States in a nuclear war.
What is the thinking behind these exercises? According to Colonel
Lunev, Russia's military is doing everything it can "to prepare for a war
that it considers inevitable."
Despite Moscow's military preparations, America continues to bankroll
the Russian economy. In April of 1996 the U.S. refused to cancel a $1.5
billion aid package to Russia despite Moscow's ongoing -- and expensive --
construction of a gigantic underground base in the Urals. Yamantau
Mountain, the site of the base, is so deeply buried that it cannot be
destroyed by nuclear attack.
According to the New York Times, the Yamantau facility is the size of
Officially, the Russian government refuses to disclose the facility's
purpose and American officials, including arms control inspectors, are not
permitted to go there. The Russian press has alternately described Yamantau
Mountain as a nuclear waste storage facility, a repository for Russian
national treasures, and as an underground warehouse for food. Western
specialists speculate that Yamantau Mountain is a secret weapons production
Whatever it is, the Kremlin freely spends billions on it. But this is
not all they're spending billions on.
In a move that defies Russia's bankrupt image, the Kremlin is
upgrading Moscow's civil defense network of underground towns, tunnels and
bunkers. This network includes a nuclear-proof city built beneath Moscow's
Ramenki district, capable of housing 30,000 people.
According to Richard F. Staar, former U.S. Ambassador to the Mutual
and Balanced Force Reduction Negotiations in Vienna, the "former" Soviet
Union has stored at least 362 million metric tons of grain in nuclear blast
and fallout shelters. University of North Carolina economist Steven
Rosefielde estimated that these supplies could feed the entire population
of Russia and its CIS partners for three years.
Despite treaty obligations prohibiting the production of biological
and chemical weapons, Russia is also spending vast sums to engineer a
super-plague which is resistant to antibiotics. Moscow has also been caught
manufacturing deceptive new binary chemical munitions, which can be
disguised as industrial chemicals. These binary munitions are said to be as
powerful as VX gas, which is 100 to 1,000 times more lethal than sarin gas.
On 16 February of last year, the Washington Times reported that Russia was
violating its chemical arms treaty with the U.S. by manufacturing a new
binary nerve agent called A-232. At the same time Russia is developing a
nerve gas said to be five times more lethal than VX.
In the nuclear missile area, Russia continues to develop and deploy
new types of road and rail-mobile ICBMs. Of special interest is the SS-27
Topol-M, or "Sickle" missile. Developed and first tested in 1995, this
45-ton behemoth has an off-road movement capability and a throw-weight
sufficient to support multiple warheads. Even more impressive is the
rail-mobile "Scalpel" missile. It has a throw-weight and accuracy
comparable to the American MX missile, and could be deployed in underground
rail tunnels or bunkers, like those found at Yamantau Mountain.
In response to these Russian moves, the United States has spent no
money on missile defenses. But according to William T. Lee, a former
American intelligence official, Russia has deployed 10,000 to 12,000
Anti-Ballistic Missiles (ABMs), disguising them as Surface to Air Missiles
(SAMs). To assist these missiles in the tough job of intercepting incoming
American warheads, the Russians have deployed 18 battle management radars.
In October of last year the Washington Times reported that several American
supercomputers were illegally shipped to Russia. These machines could be a
vital part of any ABM battle management system.
Also, the Russians continue building submarines at a surprising rate.
In November of 1992, less than six years ago, Boris Yeltsin promised to
halt Russia's production of nuclear submarines. Yet Russia continues to
build submarines that are faster and quieter. Though the Russian submarine
fleet will be smaller than it was ten years ago, it will be more effective
because of qualitative improvements. Even so, it will still be the largest
nuclear submarine force in the world, with 80 ships.
Looking at the big picture, Russian preparations for war appear to be
deliberate and systematic. Moscow spares no expense in its quest for
superiority over America. Evidently, war is an important consideration in
the thinking of Russian policy-makers. In fact, the Kremlin is so primed
for war that in January of 1995 Russia's nuclear forces were put on alert
in response to the launching of a Norwegian weather rocket.
According to Peter Vincent Pry, a former CIA official, Russia's
military leaders believed the Norwegian launch was the beginning of a
nuclear attack on Russia. Bombers and missiles were put on notice, and
Yeltsin was said to be within minutes of ordering a crushing attack on the
The facts demonstrate that Russia is preparing for nuclear war. The
Kremlin bosses are obviously willing to sacrifice Russia's whole consumer
economy to meet the challenge of preparedness.
On the American side there is only disarmament. We are slipping
behind, day by day. In this context, one Russian dissident has stated: "The
West believes...there will be a quiet life, but there won't be...."
To learn more read:
Russia and China Prepare for War February 9, 1999
Defector Reveals War Plans. February 8, 1999
The Y2K – Russia Information Package.
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[I cannot verify this information, the website links shown do not work yet for me, and the concluding inference that America should more heavily arm itself is oxymoronic with respect to the nature of nuclear war. The only solution is complete nuclear disarmament as the first step towards the general disarmament requisite for Global Peace2000] [dcw]Feb16'99