Here read Part 1. After the demise of one of the world's best underwater cruisers, the atomic submarine "Kursk", the mass-media rushed to put forth
dozens of versions regarding the reasons for the event. All of them either put the blame on the crew or invented a whole mass of unlikely scenarios
which laid the blame on our technology. Only on the pages of "Russky Vestnik" did there appear an article by the Public Center for Strategic
Research (Obshchestvennyj tsentr strategicheskikh issledovaniya), alleging that the "Kursk" sank as a result of an operation carried out by the USA
using new weaponry. However, it was a bit difficult at the time to believe the United States capable of such villainy. A bit later there appeared an
analytical paper entitled "Truth among the falsehoods" (Pravda sredi vymyslov), by the "Center for Situational Modelling" (Tsentr situatsionnogo
modelirovaniya), claiming the intentional destruction of the atomic sub with the use of new weaponry. But this too proved hard to believe. The
official version, meanwhile, claimed that an exploding torpedo sank the sub, maybe as a result of a collision with some sort of object.
Everyone seemed satisfied, more or less, with this explanation. Everything was convincing and realistic. And what with everything happening in the
world -- it's hard to keep up with the informational overload: Some terrorists blew up America's peace of mind, and some other idiots shot down a
Tu-154 over the Black Sea. [the Israeli passenger liner shot down by the Ukrainian Air Force, presumably by mistake. -- Editor] Over in Afghanistan
the Americans began their battle against terrorists and they're not joking -- carpet bombing, and residential blocks even (take that for hiding
terrorists under women's skirts!) ...
Admiral Vyacheslav Popov points to the round hole in the sub's hull.
But then finally they went and raised the "Kursk" and there, in spite of the sawed-off first section, in the middle of the hull you could see a
nearly perfectly round hole, about a meter in diameter. And, with the TV cameras rolling, Attorney General Vladimir Ustinov, looking at that round
hole, asks Admiral Vyacheslav Popov: "Now could that (hole) have occurred during the transporting of the submarine?". The Admiral answers in the
negative... [Popov, an honest Admiral, was dismissed from his post as commander of the Northern Fleet by his superior, the corrupt Admiral Kuroyedov,
shortly after the above-cited conversation took place. Popov, who tried to unmask the government's cover-up, now says that it will be many years
before the names of the true guilty parties will be known. -- Editor] Oh how unpleasant that the round hole remained, even after sawing off the
submarine's nose. Otherwise, all those brave sailors over on the Potomac would have exclaimed: "No Problem!! These things happen ..., we have our
accidents too. So let's launch Operation UNLIMITED JUSTICE throughout the whole planet and bomb everything which is the least suspiscious (beyond the
borders of America, that is) and organize forums on Globalization ... only don't forget not to violate the human rights of the Chechens..."
Interesting, but who's going to defend the human rights of the "Kursk's" 118 crewmembers, murdered by the hypocritical Yankee with his new,
specially-created weaponry, and subsequently blamed by him (with the help of the mass-media) for the sub's demise, as in the cases with recent air
disasters (in Irkutsk, Pskov, Chkalovsky, over the Black Sea), as reported in "Russky Vestnik" by the Public Center for Strategic Research.
[There's been a whole spate of air disasters involving Russian planes this summer (2002), also: the Tupolev airliner which collided with the DHL
cargo plane over Germany, killing 60 children from Bashkiria; the Il-86 returning from Sochi to St. Petersburg which crashed, leaving only two
survivors (the Il-86 had a perfect safety record before this accident), the disaster at the air show in L'vov which killed nearly a hundred
spectators... Could these have been the work of American intelligence? The Bashkirian crash, in particular, was suspicious in many ways. -- Editor]
(If this Center's materials were published more often, maybe it would put people's brains in order.) In all these cases the official commissions
concluded that "the human factor was responsible".
The round hole, result of America's new weaponry.
Oh, if it weren't for that damned round hole, seen by millions of people on television... "Well, find a piece of metal in the sea or a rock or
something", continue those same sailors on the Potomac, "capable of piercing the super-hard hull of the "Kursk". Any nonsense will do, and we'll
forgive you a million dollars from your debt. You see, the evidence is just too painfully obvious, it just sticks out like a sore thumb! There it is,
right there in the middle of the hull, that round hole, whose diameter corresponds exactly to the impact point of our new weaponry, and the edges of
that accursed hole are neatly bent inwards, so that even a child can understand that if he takes a hammer and pounds a nail into a tin can, the same
sort of hole with the edges bent inwards will result... What's worse, Midshipman Borisov managed to scrawl a note about the real reason for the
tragedy and put it into a bottle. We had to do a bit of "arm-twisting" on his mother to get her to say that a mere midshipman couldn't have
understood anything about the real reasons, only those higher in rank. But no normal person's going to believe that nonsense.
"No, we'll have to organize a diversion of some sort, another World War, for example (with whom it doesn't matter; the main thing is to have a
war), and to get everyone to go along with it we'll have to create maximum panic and chaos... You see, for those Russians the main thing is to avoid
war at any cost. And although those Russkies are uncivilized, even they are able to guess that that round hole in the hull of the "Kursk" was
created by us and our new technology. You see how elegant it is! Non-contact warfare! Actually it's no war at all, but a humanitarian action. We
carried out that other humanitarian action, destroying Yugoslavia and her Orthodox churches and the world community's gotten over it, but of course
that was simpler; we went after the terrorist Milosevic -- and what with our Ben Laden in Afghanistan the world community is sure to support our
carpet bombing there. But here we hit a snag: Who would have thought that those Russian barbarians would raise the "Kursk" and the whole world would
see that round hole... And if the Chinese and the Arabs guess who made the hole? Help!! We'll have to begin a war immediately!! A war for peace
throughout the world, which we'll win -- at everyone else's expense!!!
Aleksandr, a reader of "Russky Vestnik" Part 2. At the end of July Vice-Premier Ilya Klebanov and Attorney-General V. Ustinov announced that the
governmental commission for the investigation into the the accident of the atomic submarine "Kursk" had finished its work, and offered the public
the results of its two-year labors. Their conclusion: The reason for the atomic sub's demise was a torpedo fuel explosion occurring in the 4th
torpedo tube, leading to a detonation of all warheads.
Ilya Iosifovich Klebanov, head of the "Kursk" investigation commission
[We can't refrain from saying a few words about this individual, Klebanov. He began his career during perestroika as head of the Leningrad
Optical-Mechanical Conglomerate (LOMO). In a few short years he succeeded brilliantly in "privatizing" (read selling off everything that wasn't
nailed down and pocketing the proceeds) this former crown jewel of the Soviet military-industrial complex, leaving it in a complete shambles.
Naturally, the "talents" of this administrator didn't go unnoticed by his fellow Jews in Moscow and Klebanov was promoted to head the entire
Russian military-industrial complex in Putin's first year in office. The peak of Ilya Iosifovich's career came with the "Kursk" tragedy, when his
acting talents suddenly emerged. There he was comforting the relatives of the victims. There he was explaining the official government lies on TV. Now
this "public servant's" star has waned a bit, but there's no doubt that a comfortable retirement awaits him and many rewards for invaluable
services rendered to the New World Order establishment. -- Editor]
And that was it! The end of the whole matter.
About the main things -- the first cause of the disaster, about how that miserable torpedo could have blown up in the first place -- about these
things the high commission uttered not a word.
In short, we've created a remarkable legal precedent: we haven't located the perpetrator, only the murder weapon, but with this the investigators
consider themselves to have done their duty.
But the public has arrived at a different opinion in the matter. Many are unsatisfied with the results of the investigation, from the former head of
the Navy to the relatives of the victims. The "Kursk" tragedy stirred up the whole nation, leaving no one indifferent. In those tragic days of
August, 2000, those dying sailors became the nearest and dearest of all of us. And that's why the secret of their deaths needs to be revealed and
become known to the whole country, not just to a narrow circle of governmental ministers. Russia has the right to know just who is responsible for the
agonizing deaths of 118 of her best sons in a steel sarcophagous on the floor of the Barents Sea.
This led our newspaper to conduct its own journalistic investigation.
We were driven by one other circumstance: Immediately after the accident the authors of "Sovetskaya Rossiya" put forth the notion that a foreign,
most likely American, submarine could have been involved in the sinking of the "Kursk". This idea didn't receive the attention it deserved.
Well then, in light of Klebanov's and Ustinov's statement, there's nothing left to do but shuffle our feet in front of the Americans and apologize
with a "Sorry, sir, we made a mistake"?
Let's not hurry with our apology. Your special correspondent conducted his investigation. By happy accident he became acquainted with certain
materials from the governmental commission: those same materials which the commission promises to make public, but is not hurrying to do so. These
materials place the Barents Sea tragedy in a whole different light.
Klebanov and Ustinov, in their meetings with the press, explained the chain of events thusly: Allegedly, when the type 298 torpedo was already in
torpedo tube no. 4, it began to leak hydrogen peroxide (H202) through a poorly-welded seam. That led first to a fire inside the torpedo tube and then
to the explosion of the torpedo's fuel, which caused the whole arsenal stored in the first section of the sub to explode.
For a non-specialist this all looks logical at first glance: torpedos can blow up because that's what they're designed to do. Thus public opinion is
led into a technical dead-end.
But the experiments carried out in the course of the investigation make shreds out of the official story just as a live torpedo would annihilate some
fishing dinghy unlucky enough to get in its way.
Klebanov and Ustinov say that the hydrogen peroxide leaked and leaked, and then caught on fire. However, during the investigation a series of
experiments were conducted in accordance with the "list of experimental tasks" confirmed on 8 Sep. 2000 by deputy chairman of the governmental
commission, Vice-Admiral Barskov. And here are the conclusions the experts came to:
"No aberrations from the norm were revealed during the check of weld-joints on the type 298A torpedo." The same was confirmed by Academic Gorynin at
one of the commission's sessions.
What's more, there are the results of experiments conducted by specialists from the Russian Applied Chemistry Scientific Center. And they show that
"a fire in the torpedo tube can happen only in case of a slow leak of hydrogen peroxide, in the range of 200 grams per second."
The thing is that a more powerful stream of H202 would simply extinguish the fire, and a weaker one would cause the flame to go out of its own accord:
There's enough oxygen in the torpedo tube to support combustion for only 1.5 seconds. And here it's enough to remember your fifth-grade chemistry to
know that a regular supply of oxidizer is needed to support flame in any enclosed space.
If Messrs. Ustinov and Klebanov really believe what they say at their press-conferences, then the following picture emerges, if we take into account
the above-mentioned experiments: First, some disembodied spirit squeezed into the torpedo tube along with the torpedo loaded there. Then this same
demon bored a little hole and let a few drops of peroxide leak out. After the fire began, that very same terrorist from the beyond widened the opening
just enough to ensure 200g/sec. leakage, no more, no less, and in that manner kept the fire going. Nonsense, you say? By no means: our scenario is
based on the official conclusions, you see.
But let's go on. There was, they say, a fire in the torpedo tube. But in the commission's materials we find, written in black and white: "On the
fragments of torpedo tube no. 4 raised from the ocean floor and the torpedo itself the paint is intact..."; "the nylon track inside torpedo tube no.
4 shows no signs of high temperature influence...".
So there you have it: Inside the torpedo tube a fire is raging, if we're to believe the report, but paint and nylon are intact. Though they ought to
have burned up in the first moments of the blaze. Not nylon, but a veritable "burning bush" was located in torpedo tube no. 4! That's really
something: the torpedo is in shreds, the sub in pieces, but paint and nylon are like new.
By the way, experiments during the investigation also revealed that the the fuel in our torpedos is very stable and even in the presence of high
temperatures can go for a long time without exploding. (Just how long we'll keep a secret so as not to tempt foreign intelligence.) So if we're to
take the official version seriously, we have to accept that at the moment of the "Kursk" disaster there's a fire raging in the 4th torpedo tube,
sirens are wailing, warning lamps blinking, but no one on the crew is paying any attention, and the sailors are cold-bloodedly lighting their
cigarettes off of the scorching lid of the torpedo tube... Not so smooth, this official story. One gets the impression that it's not the torpedo, but
the official report which is coming apart at the seams.
THE MYSTERIOUS HOT-SPOT
Making the official version fit with the experimental data is about as hard as hitching a horse to a submarine.
Let's return our attention, however, to the commission's materials: "...On the basis of the work done to date it's too early to come to a final
conclusion about the reasons for the accident and loss of the atomic submarine "Kursk". For example, it's impossible to conclude that the first
explosion resulted from other events, either inside the submarine or without. However we can confirm with some certainty that a thermal explosion of
hydrogen peroxide is possible only in a fast-developing situation such as dynamic influence on the submarine and the No. 298 torpedo, which left the
crew with insufficient time to liquidate its consequences."
Translating the extremely cautious and weighed words of the expert conclusion into plain language, one could say that an explosion of the fuel in the
torpedo could have occurred in one, and only one, case: a sudden and powerful impact from the outside. What sort of impact could this have been? A
foreign metal object, a burst of flame, a stream of hot gases?
Let's hold off with our hypotheses and recall one episode which occurred during the operation to raise the "Kursk". Reports of this incident
appeared briefly in a few Western media sources, then they were picked up by European "greens", and then ... silently disappeared.
Here's what is said to have happened: On the 5th of September, 2001, they were getting ready to begin cutting the hull to separate the 1st
compartment. Underwater work was being done exclusively by English divers. Two of them worked on that day on the ocean floor in the region of the
planned cut, and a third was located not far away in the diving bell. When the diving crew was raised to the ship "Mayo" at the end of its shift,
and underwent a radiation check, the faces of the testers went pale: All three of the divers had received a serious overdose of radiation. Immediately
tests were made of the radiation level around the hull of the "Kursk", but no radiation leaks were discovered.
That meant that an unknown source of radiation had to be sought in the vicinity of the sub. Soon they found it: Several meters from the right side of
the sub a radioactive hot spot was discovered.
But this is where the interesting part begins. In the West, fear of radiation is universal. Even small doses are considered to be the end of the
world. But, surprising to say, no sooner had this radioactive hot spot been discovered on the ocean floor than all discussion on the matter ceased, as
if someone had waved a magic wand. Work continued as if nothing had happened.
European "greens" made one bold hypothesis. They remembered how after the American bombardment of Yugoslavia innumerable radioactive hot spots were
discovered throughout Kosovo. Their source was the anti-tank projectiles with depleted uranium tips used by American bombers against Serb armor. The
"greens" remembered ... and then fell silent.
We were able to track down one specialized military publication, "Proceedings", 1989, XII, No. 1042, where on pages 119-122 an article by Norman
Palmer, "Battling Against Torpedos", was published. In that article the author states that the American Navy is practically defenseless against
Soviet torpedos of 650 mm. caliber. He cites one American admiral, who noted that the only means of defense is to put a frigate in the wake of an
aircraft carrier to take the hit, thus sacrificing the less costly ship to save the more valuable one. Further on, the author lists the weaponry being
developed by the American Navy against Soviet subs armed with these wonder-torpedos:
the creation of powerful underwater whirlpools;
an impact wave in front of the sub in the form of concentric rings;
high-speed chemical rockets;
high-speed submarine-fired electromagnetic projectiles.
We'll zero in especially on that last item, because several years ago other sources announced that the United States had created and successfully
tested a new type of weapon, based on entirely new physical principles. Mention was made of electromagnetic guns for the submarine fleet. These guns
accelerate a small-diameter projectile to enormous speeds using a powerful electromagnetic field.
And here's the most remarkable thing: The projectiles are tipped with depleted uranium, inasmuch as this metal is the densest available.
So what do we have here? A chain of coincidences? Unrelated facts randomly fitting into a logical construction, or ... maybe we're on to something?
Here's one more "random coincidence". The newspapers all printed that the American sub "Memphis" was near the "Kursk" at the moment of the
accident. Everyone knows that. But here's what the American military journal "Jane's Fighting Ships" for 2000-2001 has to say: "The atomic
submarine "Memphis" of the "Los Angeles" class, numbered No. 691, was re-equipped in 1989 as a testing platform for new types of experimental
technologies, including new types of weaponry".
Another coincidence? Possibly. There's no proof? Well, you'll have to excuse me, there is! And it's to be found not just somewhere, but in the
materials of the governmental commission.
Among other documents there exists a detailed list and description of all the fragments from the "Kursk" raised from the ocean floor at the place of
the accident. Among them there's one which can throw light on the main question: What was the cause of the explosion? It's a piece of metal, a
fragment of the body of that same ill-fated torpedo. Here's what the experts write about this fragment: "...there's a piece of metal from the body
of the torpedo which shows signs of the local influence of heat on its outer side... On the outer edge of this metallic fragment there are signs of
the presence of high heat, more than 500 degrees [Celsius]... On the remainder of this torpedo body fragment the paint is unharmed."; "...we can
confirm with a high degree of certainty that a powerful and sudden physical and heat impact was directed at the torpedo from the outside, from the
left side of the inner hull of the submarine."
What does this mean? It means that there was no fire in torpedo tube no. 4, which allegedly led to an explosion. In fact, only a part of the torpedo
shows signs of a "powerful and sudden physical and heat impact". What could have caused it? A beam of fire, a stream of incandescent gases, an
explosion of a cumulative charge, or any similar phenomenon. It's important to note the circumstance that the supposed cumulative charge hit the
torpedo from the outside, just at the place where it was unprotected by the outer hull of the sub.
We can theorize about the nature of the supposed weapon used, but one thing is clear: The demise of the "Kursk" was brought about not by internal
factors, not by an explosion inside the sub or a mistake of the crew. No. The "Kursk" was hit by a "powerful outside impact". This is witnessed by
the results of the investigation of the fragments.
In this manner, the last witness for the prosecution, a heat-scarred and distorted piece of a torpedo, was raised from the bottom of the Barents Sea,
making its appearance to point at the true perpetrators of the tragedy. Only one thing remains: to answer the question, "Who's the murderer? Who
fired the weapon?"
Without revealing any state secrets we'll mention here that the Russian Navy has no anti-ship weapons based on cumulative charge technology. However,
there's no shortage of such weapons in the navies of other countries. NATO's small anti-ship torpedos, both the MK-50 and the "Stingray", are
armed with cumulative charges, for example. And recent reports state that NATO has been arming its underwater fleet with these weapons.
The new French-Italian torpedo, "MU-90", is also armed with a cumulative warhead. So you see that foreign governments have rich experience in
developing cumulative charge weaponry to counter Russian subs.
No, we aren't jumping to conclusions here; we're just trying to weigh and assess the facts. Guided by the tried-and-true principle: "Who
THE "FAT BOY" AND "SATAN"
Indeed, who benefits from the sinking of the "Kursk?" The Americans? Yes, three subs of the "Kursk" category are enough to send a whole American
carrier group to the bottom of the sea. But here's the question: Would the Yanks have gotten their hands so dirty just for the sake of sinking one
submarine? Not likely. They have better means at their disposal to nullify our military might: the "economic reforms" which are slowly starving our
sailors to death, leading officers to take their own lives, and thanks to which our ships stand eternally at anchor.
So if there indeed was foul play here, then an aim larger than the destruction of a single submarine was being pursued. Such as? Let's recall: What
conclusions were made and decisions taken after the "Kursk" disaster? Very simple: Navy head Admiral Kuroyedov issued an order to immediately remove
all "fat" torpedos of classes 298 and 298A from our fleet -- those very same torpedos which Klebanov and Ustinov blame for the tragedy. And it's
just this decision, in the opinion of specialists, which could have fatal consequences for our Navy and Russia's whole military doctrine.
Why? Let's take a closer look at these torpedos, the 298 and 298A, christened "fat boys" for their large 650 mm. caliber. They were created
specially to do battle with the large ships of the enemy, above all with aircraft carriers and their escorts.
From the moment of its appearance twenty years ago our "fat" torpedo has been a chronic headache for American admirals. At the beginning of the
1980's the USA adopted a new strategic conception with the main accent on naval power (carrier attack groups and submarines armed with strategic
nuclear missiles). And here's the Soviet "fat boy", capable of breaking the back of any US aircraft carrier from an unthinkable distance.
It's known from reliable sources that the Americans never succeeded in countering our "fat" torpedos, whose range of many tens of kilometers is
superior to any torpedo in the world by a factor of two. In power it had no equal either: One hit could turn any aircraft carrier into a very large
and very dead "submarine". The 298 has one other feature: It's guided by the wake of the target ship. This means that trying to destroy it using
hydroacoustic means is like trying to stop a wounded rhinocerous with a Sunday sermon. And now, after the "Kursk" accident and Ustinov's and
Klebanov's conclusions these torpedos have been removed from our arsenal. There you have it! American aircraft carrier commanders can breathe a deep
sigh of relief -- no overwhelming and irresistible strike threatens them from the deep.
In general, if you look at it from a certain point of view, a surprising picture opens up in front of us. Russia had two "long arms": one cosmic
one, the heavy "Satan" SS-18 ICBM, which hung like a cloud over America, capable of turning any state of your choice, or the whole country at once
if you prefer, into rubble. Any "Star Wars" missile shield was as powerless against it as an umbrella aginst a tidal wave. And our second "long
arm" reached from the ocean deep: the "fat boy" torpedo -- as short, overwhelming and irresistible as an uppercut -- aiming a blow right to the
keel of an enemy carrier.
So our resourceful leaders oblige the Americans by destroying our "Satans". Then in the blink of an eye they remove the "fat boy" from our
arsenal, without even waiting for the official conclusions on the reasons for the "Kursk" disaster. And you begin to come to the conclusion that the
"Kursk" incident was about much more than the deaths of 118 sailors and one submarine. This tragedy was used as a pretext for re-examining Russia's
whole naval doctrine and for the abandonment of all means of countering American carrier might. The USA, as we know, regards the aircraft carrier
above all as an instrument of foreign policy. And now nothing can stop "our friend George" from establishing his "new world order" over the whole
planet with the help of bombs and missiles.