by Ashley Cleek
July 30, 2010
from RFERL Website
The heat-wave has
and peat fires across Russia
As Muscovites suffer
record high temperatures this summer, a
Russian political scientist has claimed the United States may be using
climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia
and other Central Asian countries.
In a recent article, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic
Culture Foundation, wrote,
"At the moment, climate weapons may be
reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts,
erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain
The article has been carried by publications
throughout Russia, including "International Affairs," a journal published by
the Foreign Ministry and by the state-owned news agency
In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off from
claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely positing a theory.
"First of all, I would like to say that what
I wrote in that article, even the citations, does not in any way claim
to a be final truth. It is, if you will, speculation, in other words,
the definition of an hypothesis," Areshev said.
Moscow is currently sweltering under record
On July 29 Moscow suffered its hottest day ever,
with temperatures hitting 39 degrees.
But Russia isn't the only country suffering form a heat wave this summer.
Indeed, the United States is also experiencing record temperatures. On July
24, temperatures in Washington, D.C., hit 37.7 degrees, and local weather
services issued heat warnings for the first time this summer.
Areshev agrees that it is also hot in the United States, but notes that the
United States is significantly farther south than Russia, meaning that such
high temperatures are not so surprising there.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), however, announced
in July that land and ocean temperatures throughout the world were the
highest ever, since they began tracking global temperatures in 1880.
In the article, Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active
Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the U.S. Defense Department and
the University of Alaska.
HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the
ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio
communications, surveillance, and missile detection.
Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass
"in order to destabilize environmental and
agricultural systems in local countries."
Areshev's article also references an
unmanned spacecraft X-37B, an orbital test
vehicle the Pentagon launched in April 2010.
The Pentagon calls X-37B a prototype for a new
"space plane" that could take people and equipment to and from space
stations. Areshev, however, alleges that the X-378 carries "laser weaponry"
and could be a key component in the Pentagon's climate-change arsenal.
The Pentagon was not immediately reachable for comment. Areshev also cites
the U.S. government's effort to use rain and cloud coverage to block the
Vietnam Army's supply routes during the Vietnam War.
He insisted, however, that he was not a
"My comments were not made in order to
accuse the U.S., or any other country, of consciously influencing
Russia," Areshev said. "That would be quite ridiculous."
Asked whether or not Russia was also
experimenting with climate-control methods, Areshev said since he was not a
member of the government, he did not have information about such projects.