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Over the past month Norwegian seismologists have detected explosions
in the Barents Sea, in the vicinity of the Kursk (a Russian submarine
that sank last Aug. 12). After Norwegian officials announced the
detected explosions, Russia’s navy responded with an explanation which
raises more questions than it answers.

According to spokesman Vladimir Navrotsky of the Russian Northern
Fleet, the explosions detected by Norway are “preventive.” He further
admitted the existence of a “plan” to provide security for the wrecked
submarine. “Any ship in this area may conduct preventive bombardment,”
said Navrotsky in a television interview last week.

Standing guard over the Kursk wreckage is the most powerful missile
cruiser on earth, named Peter the Great. Assisted by aircraft and
escort ships, Peter the Great is said to have advanced submarine
detection capabilities. Apparently, the Russians will not tolerate U.S.
or British submarines in the area. It seems they have something
valuable to protect, and they are making it clear to everyone that
intruders will be attacked and
sunk if necessary.

It is well known that the Kursk possessed the most advanced
technology available to the Russian Navy. Obviously, this technology
cannot be allowed to fall into American or British hands. Contrary to
what some Americans may think, the Kursk was not a piece of junk that
blew up on account of obsolescence. This submarine was of recent design
and construction, built with one idea in mind: to demolish a U.S.
carrier battlegroup.

As reported in the Russian press last week, the Russian air force is
also obsessed with the idea of demolishing U.S. carrier battlegroups.
In fact, the Russians recently demonstrated this ability on two
occasions by overflying the USS Kitty Hawk in the Western Pacific.
Additional details were provided last week by Russia’s air force chief,
Gen. Anatoly Kornukov, who stated that Russian aircraft not only
penetrated the U.S. carrier’s airspace on Oct. 17, but also on Nov. 9.

Despite recent claims that Russia has relinquished its status as a
superpower, the military minds behind Moscow’s war machine clearly
remain fixated on fighting a future war against America. This is
further indicated by Russia’s recent construction of improved
fighter-bomber engines with greater fuel efficiency, added fuel tanks
and inflight refueling ability. The strategic significance of this must
not be overlooked. The conversion of Russian tactical aircraft into
strategic aircraft is no small affair. Not
only can these fighter-bombers carry nuclear warheads over great
distances, they can be outfitted with bolt-on plasma stealth devices as
described in the March 17, 1999, issue of Jane’s Defense Weekly. It is
moves like these which should be raising questions among Western
military analysts.

Furthermore, if we are no longer in a Cold War situation then why are
the Russians bombarding the ocean itself in the vicinity of the stricken
Kursk?

Whatever secret remains on board the Kursk, we can be fairly sure it
is vital to the Russian Navy’s mission against America. To further
demonstrate the aura of mystery and secrecy enveloping the stricken
submarine: notes allegedly recovered from the Kursk’s crew have not been
revealed in their entirety. Even more curious, a note found on the body
of turbine room commander Lt. Capt. Dmitry Kolesnikov was not even shown
to close relatives — for whom the note was written. The business daily
Kommersant quoted Kolesnikov’s mother as saying that nobody in the
family had seen the note. “We’ve all been to the authorities,” she
said, “but no one has shown us the note. Different officials give us
different reasons for this.”

As if to justify this cruel Cold War approach, Russia’s top naval
commander, Vladimir Kuroyedov, said last Thursday that he was 80 percent
certain the Kursk was sunk because of a collision with a Western
submarine. British and American officials have strongly denied this
claim, which has often been repeated by Russian officials.

The Kursk sits at the bottom of the Barents Sea, sunk in lies as much
as anything. There are numerous unanswered questions involving the
submarine’s fate. Having crashed to the bottom in fairly shallow water,
why have so many difficulties arisen in connection with salvaging it or
rescuing the crew? Why is no radiation leaking from the fractured sub’s
nuclear reactors?

In this connection, one analyst has speculated about two DELTA IV
submarine hulls which were built and canceled. One of the two was
publicly scrapped; the other has simply disappeared. Does anyone know
where the missing DELTA IV hull went to? Could it have been towed to
the Barents Sea to mask a secret maneuver by a Russian submarine named
“Kursk” — a maneuver that will later be trumpeted as a victory for the
Russian Navy?

The great thing about these lies and deceptions is that anything
might be possible. Whatever secrets may be hidden beneath the Barents
Sea, whatever the contradictory official statements and naval
bombardments are meant to protect, we will probably never know.

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