Terrible CIA sabotage in the taiga: how the United States blew up the Russian gas pipeline

Construction of the gas pipeline Urengoy - Surgut - Chelyabinsk.  Photo: Sapozhkov I./TASS Newsreel

Construction of the gas pipeline Urengoy – Surgut – Chelyabinsk. Photo: Sapozhkov I./TASS Newsreel

The Anglo-Saxons are behind the sabotage on the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: “Sanctions are not enough for the Anglo-Saxons – they have switched to sabotage. Incredible, but true: having organized explosions on the international gas pipelines of the Nord Stream, which run along the bottom of the Baltic Sea, they actually began to destroy the pan-European energy infrastructure.”

“The idea that the United States is in any way involved in the apparent sabotage of these pipelines is preposterous,” State Department spokesman Ned Price retorted. “This is nothing more than a function of Russian disinformation and should be treated as such.”

Oh well…

There has already been a precedent with sabotage on the gas pipeline. Like the precedent with the use of nuclear weapons by the States in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Terrorists, Reagan gave the order!

An explosion on the Soviet gas pipeline Urengoy – Surgut – Chelyabinsk was staged by the Yankees at the beginning of the presidency of Ronald Reagan. Which immediately moved from the previous policy of détente between Moscow and Washington to a new round of the Cold War. It was he who called the Soviet Union an “evil empire.”

In order not to be accused of Kremlin propaganda, Russian disinformation, I will rely solely on American sources. Authoritative.

US President Ronald Reagan

US President Ronald Reagan


Let’s turn to the Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book

Tim Weiner “CR. True story”. In July 1981, at the Economic Summit in Ottawa, President Mitterrand told his colleague Reagan that French intelligence had recruited a very valuable Farewell agent. KGB officer Vladimir Vetrov. He handed over copies of 4,000 secret documents on the Kremlin’s industrial espionage in Europe and the United States.

In August, the Americans received the Farewell Dossier from the French. The main thing in it was not even the names of dozens of KGB officers and their agents in the West, but know-how, technologies that Soviet intelligence was hunting for. Reagan handed the dossier to Gus Weiss, a member of the US National Security Council, who was involved in technology and intelligence. He appreciated the gift of the French: “Why don’t we help the Soviets in their purchases? Now we know exactly what they need to buy in order to finally build a gas pipeline to get hard currency. Let us sell them what they want. Let’s remember the story of the Trojan horse and use it again.” (Is it not with the light hand of Weiss that malicious computer programs began to be called “trojans” – Trojan horses?)

French President Mitterrand.

French President Mitterrand.


President Reagan invited CIA director William Casey and ordered the supply of defective equipment, computer programs, fake scientific and technical documentation, etc. to the USSR.

“It was a brilliant plan,” recalled Richard W. Allen, Reagan’s chief national security adviser. – We started to feed the Soviets with “bad technologies”: it concerned computers, oil drilling, other industries. We fed them all of this, allowing them to steal the materials.”

The main object of attack was the Siberian gas pipeline. Computers were required to control pressure gauges and valves. On the US open market, the USSR’s request was rejected. However, the CIA allowed a Soviet spy to steal Trojan software from Canada. Having sent in advance on the “right track”. For several months the programs worked without a hitch, without a hitch. Then the pressure in the pipeline suddenly began to rise sharply …

On June 4, 1982, the NORAD air defense system of North America detected a powerful explosion in Siberia, similar to a nuclear one. A terrible commotion arose in the White House and the Pentagon. But Reagan adviser Weiss urged alarmists not to worry.

“A sudden gas explosion in the wilds of Siberia cost Moscow millions it could barely afford,” writes Pulitzer Prize winner Tim Weiner. – The head of the CIA, Casey, completed the operation by handing over to friendly Western intelligence agencies the names of two hundred Soviet officers and agents listed in the Farewell Dossier. In a different situation, this could be considered as the largest act of terror.”

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tim Weiner

Pulitzer Prize Winner Tim Weiner


One example of a “cold-blooded economic war” against the USSR called this explosion a member of the US National Security Council, Thomas Reed, in his book “Above the Abyss. The story of the Cold War, told by its participant. “In order to disrupt the supply of Soviet gas to Europe, prevent the USSR from earning hard currency and undermine the economy, a program that was supposed to control pumps, turbines and valves after a sufficient period of time changed the speed settings of pumps and valves, creating a pressure much greater than they could withstand the seams and joints of the gas pipeline … The result was a powerful non-nuclear explosion and fire, visible even from space … There were no human casualties during the explosion of the gas pipeline, but it caused significant damage to the Soviet economy.

In the Soviet Union, all sorts of catastrophes and accidents were officially hushed up. Glavlit watched this closely. Main Directorate for Literature and Publishing under the Council of Ministers of the USSR. Engaged in the protection of state secrets in the media. In fact – the Censorship Committee. Its employees sat in every editorial office, carefully read all the articles before publication … Therefore, in hot pursuit, we did not write about the explosion of the gas pipeline.

In 1989, when glasnost was in full swing, the KGB allegedly passed on to Gorbachev the data that almost every fourth accident on Soviet gas pipelines was sabotage, including the 1982 explosion, Stanford University professor Peter Schweitzer wrote in the sensational book “Victory. The secret strategy of the Reagan administration that hastened the death of the Soviet Union. But the general secretary did not want to understand. We had with America at that moment “peace, friendship, chewing gum”! How can you declare good Americans enemies, saboteurs?!

For Lieutenant Colonel of the First Main Directorate of the KGB of the USSR (PSU) Vetrov, who started this mess, the pseudonym “Farewell” turned out to be symbolic. In 1982, he stabbed to death a Chekist colleague who prevented him from drinking champagne with his mistress. Received 15 years for murder. In 1984, betrayal was revealed. For treason, Vetrov was sentenced to capital punishment. The sentence was carried out on February 23, 1985. In 2009, the French film The Farewell Affair was released. The traitor Vetrov was played by Emir Kusturica.

The other day, Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, spoke on the Rossiya-1 TV channel about the involvement of Western intelligence services in the past in undermining our pipelines. “After a while, we’ll say that too.”

Well, let’s wait for the details.

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