If you'll overlook the fun I was having while making the post above, you may have gone on to look at the Parliment investigation Report. But if not,
here are a few of the more interesting points in the report.
One of the the first things I noticed While reading the report
was that the
committee interviewed Vassili Voronin. This is notable because he is Alexander Veronin's son. They were both on the ferry the day it sank. Alexander
is reported to have a briefcase handcuffed to himself while he was on the ferry. Some of that research has already been posted by Hellmutt.
The next thing that caught my eye was the listing of Estonian items that may have been of interest to 3rd parties.
High technology directing and surveillance devices (like underwater radio buoys, radars)
Anti-aircraft complexes (with marking S300)
Electronic control systems
Strategic missile systems
Russian space electronics that enabled military reconnaissance with infra-red cameras
Precious nonferrous metals & different rare earth metals. Several such shipments were radioactive
The so-called nuclear briefcases
Also interesting was this information:
According to the former chief of Swedish Military Intelligence MUST Major General Erik Rosander, a Volvo pickup vehicle was sent to Estonia that
transported the goods to Stockholm on ferry Estonia in 14 September 1994. During the operation it turned out in Estonia that it was not possible to
transport the electronics and the documents to Sweden in one shipment, therefore a week later, on the ferry Estonia that departed from Tallinn on 19
September another shipment with a Volkswagen van took place which according to Erik Rosander brought all materials to Sweden.
We seem to have verification from Swedish intelligence that the ferry was used to transport "high" technology more than once because they could not
get it all in one shipment. The shipments were about a week apart. 14-09-94 and 19-09-94. It seems notable that the ferry sank the very next week on
It doesn't seem illogical to "guess" that there was a third shipment, and that it was on the day of the sinking.
So I am wondering which of the above items could have been worth someone sinking the ferry to prevent a technology transfer, or which one may cause an
explosion capable of sinking the ship. Remember, it would have to be something that would cause them to encase the ferry in cement instead of raising
it to the surface.
[edit on 12/23/06 by makeitso]