posted on Sep, 28 2017 @ 04:59 PM
Good thread, OP.
My two-penn'orth on the "space fatalities" stories is that they were disinformation. Like as not, put about by the CIA to discredit the USSR. The
Soviet Union is dead and gone, but no details of these supposed cover-ups has ever emerged. Not only that, no bereaved relatives have come forward,
bewailing the fact that they were silenced by the KGB for decades.
The Guinness Book of Records used to contain a little section on pre-Gagarin claims from the USSR. The GBR was run by a famously crypto-fascist
RWNJ called Norris McWhirter, and it always smacked of propaganda. After the end of the Cold War, the GBR stopped perpetuating the cosmonaut death
list, which gave the whole game away in many people's eyes.
Even the way the various claims were first published fits with what we know about the CIA's disinfo tactics - float the stories in the European press
first, then import them into the US domestic press with the claim that the stories originated elsewhere. (That little episode in which the French
broadcaster admitted he'd been put up to it by a source he wouldn't name is probably about as close as we'll get to proving it for the foreseeable