Russia General Discussion


Date: Fri, 6 Nov 1998 11:34:11 -0500

From: Graeme Price

Morning all. Just found the story below… one for our Moscow office? Another Karotechia tie in given the nature of the newspaper involved? or GRU-SD8 activity?


Doctors quiz Moscow 'bomber'
A RUSSIAN nationalist blamed for exploding a car bomb in Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday night was carrying a portrait of Stalin during the attack.

Ivan Orlov, who has been working for a radical anti-Semitic newspaper, was being examined by psychiatrists in hospital yesterday. The 65-year-old freelance journalist, jumped from his car seconds before the explosion but three Kremlin guards were injured in the attack. Orlov had allegedly been planning to demand a meeting with President Yeltsin and Yevgeny Primakov, the Prime Minister.

Marcus Warren, Moscow

From: Jacob

Date: 9 Nov 1998 14:54:07 GMT

Can't help on the "what's-in-Countdown" question but you might want to check out the Dark Conspiracy supplement "Among the Dead" for a few ideas for Russian adventures and a Russian DG(-ish) society.

Date: Mon, 09 Nov 1998 16:03:16 +0000
From: Phil Ward

Can't help on the "what's-in-Countdown" question but you might want to check
out the Dark Conspiracy supplement "Among the Dead" for a few ideas for
Russian adventures and a Russian DG(-ish) society.

Yup, I've got that if anyone wants a summary.

From: Shane Ivey <moc.ocsbe|yevis#moc.ocsbe|yevis>

Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 07:55:01 -0600

Walker in the Wastes fans might be interested:

Disputed Kuril Islands dominate Russian-Japanese summit

ObDG: Could there be remnants or artifacts of the Windwalker cult still hidden at odd places in this island chain? Could that be a rationale, behind the scenes, for renewed diplomatic interest?

Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:56:34 -0500
From: Graeme Price

Or possibly something related to Unit 731 still out there? IIRC, they did some research up there on remote islands. More recently I heard of a proposal to sell the islands back to Japan to make some hard currency for the Soviet Federation. I guess it beats selling nuclear submarines to Columbian drug lords….

Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 10:07:46 -0500
From: Graeme Price

Just found this in today's Electronic Telegraph. It just goes to prove that some things never change…..

Article Follows:


Britain in battle for a bug-free embassy
By Marcus Warren in Moscow

BRITISH builders are hard at work on the most sensitive construction project undertaken by Her Majesty's Government abroad, a new embassy for Russia's capital.

Negotiating with the Soviet Union for a site took decades. Some Moscow officials even objected to the post-modern look of what is the Foreign Office's largest building scheme, on a bend in the Moscow river. Those threats to the £60 million project from Russia's bureaucrats have been seen off.

But now site managers have to defend the building from another danger, Russian intelligence and its armoury of hostile listening devices. Staff are due to move into their new premises in a year's time and the aim is to ensure that, when they do, the Chancery section, where most diplomats will work, is free of bugs even if the rest of the site is "compromised".

At the back of everyone's mind is the Americans' disastrous experience with their embassy compound's new block. Built with Russian labour during the Cold War, it is so riddled with bugs that it stands unused to this day.

Finnish and Russian builders are working on parts of the new British embassy which will not be "secure": flats for diplomats' families and the consulate, which must cope with the tens of thousands of Russians who apply for British visas every year. But only British workers are allowed into the sensitive main tower of the embassy and even they are frisked whenever they enter the area.

All cement is mixed on site under close supervision, building materials have to be imported from Britain under escort and closed-circuit television cameras are trained on the block's perimeter and also the rooms inside. The KGB used to be expert at setting "honey-traps" in the shape of attractive young women and scored some spectacular successes with its targets, among them a Sixties British ambassador and several Marines guarding the US embassy in the Eighties.

Modern Moscow has no shortage of female temptresses and the British builders working on the embassy have been told to report anything suspicious. The only strange episode in the building's construction so far was the frequency with which Russian helicopters flew over the site until the roof was finished. With the roof in place, the flights mysteriously stopped.

At the moment the builders' real enemy is the Russian winter and temperatures which have already dropped below 14F (-10C). Graham Doughty, 37, from Portsmouth, said: "It's bearable over here but it's a bit cold for my liking. And Moscow's a bit of an untidy, dirty place; you've got to be truthful after all."

Andrew Meek, 33, from Winchester, Hants, said: "I'm one of the few who don't mind it here. Moscow seems very Westernised."

Even before the builders have finished, the embassy stands out from its surroundings, the heavy, monumental architecture favoured in Soviet times and still the idiom preferred by Yuri Luzhkov, Moscow's powerful mayor. Richard Burton, its architect, said: "The embassy sets out to add elegance to this dramatic river site and the two quite lumpish buildings on either side. Everything about it is supposed to be elegant and yet in scale."

Next year's move to the new premises means more office space for diplomats, now crammed into the grand, but impractical, Kharitonenko mansion opposite the Kremlin. Some have to work in Portakabins at the back of the building.

At present, the ambassador lives over the shop in the embassy. After the move, he will share the 19th century residence with other diplomats in flats converted from what are now offices.

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