Russians fear US is testing climate weapon

Russia’s official news agency, RIA Novosti, reported on July 29 that the high temperatures that have affected Europe and central Russia for the past month have led local experts to wonder they may be attributable to some secret weapon now being tested by the United States.

Gueorgi Vasiliev, a professor in the Physics Department at Moscow’s Lomonosov University, told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper that disasters have befallen the world ever since 1997 when, he said, the US put its HAARP radio apparatus into operation.

According to RIA-Novosti, the radio transmitters in Alaska are “very powerful tool for influencing the ionosphere. Some military experts are inclined to think that it is a geophysical weapon.” The report goes on to say that Professor Vasiliev also believes that the US would not have invested two decades and $250 million if its purpose is to merely study high-frequency radio waves.

Another Russian expert, according to the news agency, is also concerned. Nikolai Karavayev, a former military meteorologist, believes that there is a “possibility that a new climate weapon” is being tested to challenge Russia. He linked the current heat wave to the launch of the X-37B, a US space vehicle which he says is capable of carrying a powerful laser weapon. Since temperatures in Moscow soared into the high 90s and beyond, and temperatures in other European capitals have oscillated between 65 and 77 degrees for several weeks, he has concluded that this is a “localized and deliberate” natural disaster.

Yet another Slav, Vladímir Lapshín, director of the Institute for Applied Geophysics, called the hypothesis “nonsense” since current temperatures are also high in the United States. “Air masses tend to mix and produce a summer with temperatures around 77 degrees, but now there is an enormous high pressure zone in the atmosphere that is hovering over the European portion of Russia. Let’s see if it moves in August and then everyone will forget all about the climate weapon.”

The X-37B is a reuseable space-plane developed by NASA to replace the veteran space shuttle that was mothballed earlier this year. The new bird was carried aloft in April 2010, while new flights are expected early next year. The High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) is located in Alaska and, according to its website, studies “the physical and electrical properties of the Earth's ionosphere which can affect our military and civilian communication and navigation systems.”



Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

Filed under science, russia, climate, alaska, military, space, Russia

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