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Accident or fiction?

Among the many stories written in the nineties by the Soviet and foreign press on the basis of the allegedly declassified documents and materials, there are quite a few of which the controversy continues to this day. Theories presented to the world, taken in faith on time unconditionally and without proof, are increasingly subject to doubts and criticism from various specialists and historians. Such an approach is bearing fruit, because many myths about non-existent catastrophes and the reasons for their occurrence are broken to pieces.

Just one of these controversial stories is the accident that allegedly occurred in Siberia in the summer of 1982 on the section of the Urengoy-Surgut-Chelyabinsk gas pipeline. The main experts on this issue at the end of the last century were the Americans Thomas Reed, who is a military expert and political scientist Peter Schweizer. They claimed that the gas explosion that had occurred was the result of a well-planned CIA operation. The action was made possible by the information of one of the secret Soviet agents - a KGB officer who became an employee of French intelligence.

Peter Schweizer was born in 1964 in the USA. He graduated from Oxford University, receiving a master's degree in philosophy. He is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institute. Peter Schweizer is known for writing articles in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the National Review and USA Today, and also as a commentator on American television. Author of best-selling political novels translated and published worldwide.

Accident or fiction?

Thomas Care Reed was born in 1934 in New York. In 1956, he graduated from Cornell University with honors, becoming a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. While still a student, I studied the program for training Air Force reserve officers, and from the end of 1956 I worked as a technical officer in a project to develop the Minithman rocket head. At the same time he studied, having received as a result a master’s degree in electrical engineering. Later he worked in the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, was a participant in the nuclear tests of the 1962 year. In 1973, he was appointed Assistant US Secretary of Defense, and in 1974, as Head of Operational Management and Long-Term Communications Systems. From January 1976-th to April 1977-th year was the US Air Force Minister and at the same time director of the Office of National Intelligence. He took an active part in the political life of the United States, the author of several books.

History about how in the 1982 year, the United States learned about the strange explosion in Siberia, the flash of which was recorded by American satellites, described in detail in the recently published book about the “cold confrontation” of the great powers called “Over the abyss ...”. As the authors of this work narrate, the first version of the Americans was a nuclear explosion, but their assumption was debunked by the absence of a corresponding electromagnetic pulse. And then from the leadership of the CIA received information about their participation in the events and assurances of the safety of further developments for the people of America.

To assess the veracity of the information presented, we first consider in detail the version of the American side expressed in the already quite distant eighties. So, on the basis of a detailed analysis of the largest technical achievements of the USSR, even in the 70s, the American leadership decided that a significant proportion of these successes was achieved thanks to copying the technical innovations created in the West. Therefore, a number of measures were invented and put into service, among which the main was the reduction of computer and software supplies to our country. The purpose of this was obvious - to suspend the processes of leakage, as well as the brazen duplication of another's property. However, this did not help and “foreign” engineering thought continued to “work” on the opposite political camp. Channels of leakage were discovered only a few years later, when one of the KGB officers, someone Vetrov, who was an employee of the KGB T intelligence department and was engaged in analyzing the intelligence obtained, was recruited by French intelligence. Subsequently, he became an agent for Farewell. The photographs provided to them and a huge number of documents fully disclosed all the nuances of the USSR industrial espionage program. In addition, according to the French, Lieutenant Colonel of the Winds revealed to them the names of two hundred secret agents of Line X, who throughout the world were engaged in theft and purchase of information about various, often secret, developments and technologies for the Soviet Union.

KGB lieutenant colonel Vladimir Ippolitovich Vetrov is one of the most mysterious figures in the history of our intelligence. Until now, his case remains a lot of white spots. It is known that he was born in October 1932 of the year, he graduated from Moscow State Technical University im. Bauman, was a specialist in the field of computing. Received an offer to go to exploration in the 1959-th year. The first trip abroad to France in 1965 received high management grades. However, from the second, to Canada, he was recalled, reprimanded for drunkenness and a riotous lifestyle. The service growth stopped, the border was closed. However, he continued to work in the KGB in the management of "T" and had access to classified information.

Disillusioned with the ideals of youth, Vetrov in the spring of 1981 passed the first information packet to the French counterintelligence agent Alexander de Paul. He was assigned the agent name "Farewell". Over the next two years, the traitor handed over about four thousand secret documents containing the entire program of Soviet scientific and technical intelligence, a complete list of 450 employees involved in collecting information, and the names of more than seventy KGB sources in Western countries. French President Francois Mitterrand, who tried to gain trust from the United States government, handed over Vetrov. He sent several dozens of Soviet agents from his country; after that, calculating the “mole” was a matter of technique, since the circle of persons with access to documents was limited. By this time, the KGB lieutenant colonel was already serving his sentence in a camp near Irkutsk for the premeditated murder of his colleague. In August, 1984 of the year Vetrov was put in a Lefortovo prison and charged with treason. 23 February 1985 year traitor was executed.

At the next economic forum, held in July 1981 year in Ottawa, Mitterrand hurried to share with Reagan their successes. But the Americans decided not to rush to block the discovered channels, but to use them for their own purposes, supplying rivals with disinformation acceptable to them. In August of the same year, Vetrov’s documents were handed over to the CIA. And soon the White House adviser Gus Weiss was invented a plan for the transfer of data on non-existent technology. The implication was that the fictional technical device would work without interruption for some time, so as not to arouse suspicion, and then give a control failure. This idea was approved by the president of the country.

The entire array of secret documents transferred by Vladimir Vetrov to the West in the 1981-1982 years, was called the “Farewell Dossier”. On the basis of these data, the CIA threw false technical information to the USSR in such areas as missile defense, stealth technology and a number of others. Malicious software code has been included in many software products.

The circumstances for the Americans were extremely successful. Just at the same time, large-scale work was carried out on the construction of one of the largest gas pipelines. This line was needed to supply gas from the USSR to Western Europe. According to one version, the CIA planted a KGB agent in Canada with an automated control system used in pipeline engineering networks, the chips of which already had a built-in defect. Another version of the development of events claims that they were Trojans - computer viruses contained in a stolen program used to control various elements of the pipeline: turbines, pumps, etc. The control systems for the Soviet gas pipeline were supplied by engineers of the Canadian company Cov-Can and the French Thomson-CSF.

As it was conceived by the heads of the special services, the short-term inspection did not reveal any irregularities and flaws. During the pilot operation, during the next testing of new systems in the pipeline, a depressurization and leakage occurred, resulting in a powerful explosion. Information about human victims remained unknown. Also, the explosion thundering in the Siberian wilderness remained secret for the Soviet public, because due to the existing censorship, reports of industrial accidents were hushed up. The authors emphasize that the Soviet media did not mention any major accident or man-made disaster of that time, including the release at Mayak and the explosion of a space rocket at Baikonur. After the incident, Soviet experts tested and tested all technologies taken from the West for a long time and thoroughly. The lieutenant colonel of the Winds, who became in fact the culprit of the incident, was executed, and the answer of the West was the arrest of more than one hundred and fifty disclosed traitor agents of the USSR

Management T was engaged in scientific and technical intelligence and was part of the first General Directorate of the KGB. Employees of the Office of T engaged in recruiting agents in foreign research centers, laboratories and design bureaus, as well as the abduction of technologies useful for the Soviet economy and science. The secrecy of the work was ensured by the forces of the two KGB directorates, the Second Chief and the Sixth. The special unit "Line X" worked exclusively on the abduction of the latest technologies.

Here is the version of the American side, presented by T. Reed and P. Schweizer. She received a wide public response and caused a number of reciprocal publications, refuting the arguments of the authors, who love to tell in their works about the nuances of the information war between the two superpowers. Domestic experts and specialists also did not stand aside and after careful consideration of the data on the circumstances of the alleged accident, brought to the readers a mass of inconsistencies and false facts, which became the basis of the explosion legend.

The root cause of doubts about the veracity of foreign writers was the complete lack of information about the catastrophe in the Soviet press and relevant archives, despite the efforts of the initiative group to find at least some clue related to the events described. Official sources only shrugged their shoulders in bewilderment, completely denying the existence of an explosion in the considered section of the gas pipeline during the designated period. However, the CIA website has a separate page dedicated to the “Farewell Dossier”, in which it is written in black and white that specially modified programs and defective chips were actually introduced at a number of engineering and chemical plants in our country in order to disrupt technological processes. In addition, substandard parts, thrown from the West, were used in certain types of military equipment, and turbines with a hidden defect were supplied for gas pipelines. Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to verify the authenticity of this information today, and there is no official confirmation of the involvement of the US Central Intelligence Agency in the events in question.

One of the initiative groups of researchers of Soviet history under the leadership of Vera Viktorovna Glushkova (daughter of the founder of computer technology, Academician V.M. Glushkov), deciding to dot the i, asked for explanations from large specialists who had a direct bearing on the construction of gas pipelines in our country . Expert explosives, doctor of technical sciences, professor V.D. Zakhmatov from 1980-th to 1982-th years constantly worked as part of a team engaged in the practical development of explosive technology cutting and welding of individual segments of gas and oil pipelines. In parallel, he participated in the elimination of all emergencies in a specified period of time. But at the same time, neither he nor any of his unique team had even heard of the explosion on the Urengoy-Chelyabinsk gas pipeline mentioned.

Zakhmatov Vladimir Dmitrievich is an independent expert of international level on fires and explosions, a well-known scientist in the field of physics of directional explosion and combustion. He is the author of unique multipurpose pulsed fire extinguishing agents that have no analogues in the world in protecting and eliminating the consequences of disasters and accidents. Vladimir Dmitrievich took part in the liquidation of large fires at oil platforms, oil refineries, military arsenals in Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Poland.

He is a participant in the elimination of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant of the first category. Currently lecturing around the world, is a member of the International Antiterrorism Committee, is an independent consultant on emergency situations in Europe. Author of more than two hundred scientific papers.

An authoritative scientist told that the accident did happen, but none of them could have happened as a result of sabotage. Their causes were mainly a violation of technology when laying pipes in difficult marshland and safety regulations during these works. In addition, the expert emphasized that the information on technical innovations obtained by the Soviet Union, which could be used for personal purposes, was never directly used. The information was obtained only in order to compare and on the basis of this create your own devices, if possible a little better than foreign ones. Nobody would allow a primitive copying; besides, it would be simply humiliating for the proud Soviet scientific thought that has always been at the forefront of world progress.

Another issue that puzzled specialists was the fact of using the program to automate gas pipeline operations. All experts who speak on this issue stated that this is a complete absurdity, since the computerization of the technologies in question was introduced only by the end of the nineties. And at the beginning of 80, automated control systems were a rarity even in the United States; on domestic gas pipelines, all processes were controlled by dispatchers, who manually controlled the systems around the clock.
Following the story of foreign authors, it is possible to note another discrepancy, consisting in the fact that the explosion on the gas pipeline, in their opinion, was caused by some kind of malfunction that damaged pumps and valves, which led, in turn, to a sharp increase in pressure inside the system . Every person dedicated to the subtleties of a gas pipeline’s operation knows that the system is equipped with valves for its entire length in case of an increase in pressure above permissible critical norms for any reason. And these valves work regardless of the operating modes of the pumps and control systems in general.

The next point for doubts about the reality of the events being described was the force of the explosion, which was equated to three kilotons. Specialists - gas specialists and physicists - unanimously declared that in the open space an explosion of such power is simply impossible. Drawing an analogy, we can recall the explosion that occurred in the 1989 year in Bashkortostan on the section of the Western Siberia-Ural-Volga gas pipeline. According to the expert, its cause was mechanical damage left by the excavator during construction work long before the tragedy, and operator error. Then a dangerous gas-air cloud was formed due to the terrain features, the explosion was quite powerful and destructive, killing 575 people who burned in two trains passing by the pipeline, but still did not reach up to three kilotons. The explosion of such a force is hampered by a large number of physical and natural factors, which makes it possible only on theoretical models.

Information received from another expert on this issue, Major General Vasily Alekseevich Pchelintsev, who in the eighties was an employee of the regional KGB department of the Tyumen region, and now an honorary member of the local veterans' council, contains only information about the explosion that occurred in April (and not in June 1982 year) near Tobolsk. But the cause of the incident lies not in the Western intrigues, but in the usual Soviet negligence. The explosion on two threads of the gas pipeline occurred due to the absence of weighting pipes for concrete loads, which would not allow them to rise to the surface in soft ground of a marshy area, and also because of a violation of the technology of joining pipes with compensating temperature changes links. As a result, with the onset of spring heat, pipes began to emerge to the surface, and temperature differences only aggravated the problem. One of the pipes cracked, and the gas escaping under high pressure gave such a powerful jet that it was able to cut a string of another gas pipeline running twelve meters away. The flames from the fire were noticed by the pilots of the plane that was flying nearby. The circumstances described took place in reality, but Pchelintsev described the explosion, which was mentioned in many Western publications, as absolute nonsense.

According to one expert: “The described explosion is impossible for several reasons. In the pipeline can not dramatically increase the pressure. The compressor has a mechanical limit speed governor, and all stations have valve-shutoff valves that do not require electricity or commands, which are mechanically triggered by pressure drop. Imported equipment had executive servo-mechanisms, but there was no integrated process control system in those years. I am sure that in our time this is not a lot. And the main thing on gas pipelines then was not applied any software. There was nothing on it. ”

Therefore, it turns out that the story of the large-scale explosion of the gas pipeline in June 1982 is no more than another element of the information war, which has received a second wind today due to the urgency of the problems of cyber weapons and cyber siblings at the modern level of information technology development.

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  1. kartalovkolya
    kartalovkolya 23 May 2013 08: 01 New
    Well, the Grimm brothers. Such a trick, how are we omnipotent (in the sense of amer cooler than all), and to check - zilch!
  2. Denis
    Denis 23 May 2013 08: 06 New
    Author of best-selling political novels translated and published around the world.
    It is somehow naive, to say the least, to expect historical accuracy from him. There are enough examples: Dumas, Pikul ...
    And the photo of the traitor from the criminal case, it was kindly provided by the KGB to the aftar?
    Well, well, already this one requires this historical comic book to print exclusively on soft paper
  3. vladimirZ
    vladimirZ 23 May 2013 09: 37 New
    Conclusions, conclusions must be drawn from such information.
    Do not buy foreign military equipment, components and assemblies for it, which may contain programmed "bugs" and viruses, ready to work at the right time and at the right time for the enemy. Yes, and to take equipment and technologies for the industry with a hundredfold check of its safety. The geopolitical goal of the United States and Europe, as was the destruction of Russia, remains it, regardless of its ideology and power.
    1. Vovka levka
      Vovka levka 23 May 2013 21: 03 New
      Quote: vladimirZ
      Conclusions, conclusions must be drawn from such information.
      Do not buy foreign military equipment, components and assemblies for it, which may contain programmed "bugs" and viruses, ready to work at the right time and at the right time for the enemy. Yes, and to take equipment and technologies for the industry with a hundredfold check of its safety. The geopolitical goal of the United States and Europe, as was the destruction of Russia, remains it, regardless of its ideology and power.

      And how much time, money and where do you need to find specialists to check everything a hundred times, that is, to understand? Do you think all that simple?
  4. AK-47
    AK-47 23 May 2013 10: 02 New
    ... was serving his sentence in a camp near Irkutsk for the deliberate murder of his colleague ...

    In February 1982, when Vetrov drank champagne with his mistress in his parked car, a man approached the car (also a KGB officer) and knocked on the window. Vetrov jumped out of the car and struck a knock with a knife, from which the latter died. On November 3, 1982, the Moscow Military District tribunal found Vetrov guilty of intentional murder and sentenced him to 15 years in a maximum security colony with the deprivation of military rank and awards.
    1. neri73-r
      neri73-r 23 May 2013 10: 20 New
      Dog, dog’s fate and death.
  5. Dima190579
    Dima190579 23 May 2013 10: 23 New
    Remember a few years ago, on the New Year holidays, information went about the bird flu pandemic in Mexico with a very large number of sick and dead. And after the holidays, it turned out that the journalists were just bored and they decided to have fun. Information as a weapon is a terrible weapon.
  6. JonnyT
    JonnyT 23 May 2013 10: 47 New
    Well, the nasty face at the CIA, and asks for a brick!
    Here are the bastards that they always climb to us?
    1. Vovka levka
      Vovka levka 23 May 2013 21: 05 New
      Quote: JonnyT
      Well, the nasty face at the CIA, and asks for a brick!
      Here are the bastards that they always climb to us?

      Everything is mutual. White and fluffy in this matter.
  7. Volkhov
    Volkhov 23 May 2013 12: 01 New
    In the photo there is an air explosion of a small comet from a front angle. An explosion above the clouds, light is reflected from the cloud upward, an inverse trace of a fall is visible, a second or more second of the explosion.
    The dregs in the press are spilled to mask the physics of the explosion.
  8. k220150
    k220150 23 May 2013 12: 32 New
    I. Sulimov has problems with culture: producing nonsense, such as "the founder of computer technology, academician V. M. Glushkov," the academician has never been the founder, such is the great Sergey Alekseevich Lebedev. And with understanding = tact, to propagate Vetrov-Farewell - one of the well-known scoundrels, such as Gordievsky-Poteyev went insensitively.
  9. Alexey M
    Alexey M 23 May 2013 13: 10 New
    Another PR for ourselves (I'm talking about amers). I’m not praising myself as a spat on a sidish.
  10. pensioner
    pensioner 23 May 2013 14: 05 New
    It is no secret that accidents on main gas pipelines (MG) occur regularly. Infrequently, but regularly. And nothing to do with sabotage. The reason is various defects in welded joints and the base metal of the pipe. After the introduction of VTD (in-line diagnostics) into widespread practice, accidents at the MG became a real rarity. Survived 3 explosions. They left one in 10 hours. before the explosion. BUT! I stood on that pipe that exploded. From millimeter to millimeter. 2 seen from the side. One at night on the border of Tver and Yaroslavl reg. - the beauty! And about the explosion 82g. I asked honored comrades. They remember something, but they do not believe in deliberate sabotage. An explosion is like an explosion.
  11. pensioner
    pensioner 23 May 2013 14: 19 New

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  13. pensioner
    pensioner 23 May 2013 14: 32 New
    The cause of the explosion is cracks.
    The consequences of the explosion: The pipe diameter is 1420mm. Weight about 6,3 tons:

  14. pensioner
    pensioner 23 May 2013 14: 38 New
  15. pensioner
    pensioner 23 May 2013 14: 41 New
    While I inserted the pictures - I got tired! That's where I stood ...
  16. wax
    wax 23 May 2013 14: 46 New
    Keep gunpowder dry! Anytime and anywhere. A slogan that can’t lead.
  17. Terrible ensign
    Terrible ensign 23 May 2013 15: 34 New
    It reads like a detective, but the output is another zilch ... One word - info war!
    Nothing new was known. Errors in factology do not color the author of the article itself ...
    Nonetheless, it’s just interesting.
  18. knn54
    knn54 23 May 2013 15: 54 New
    Almost all people are to blame, or rather those in power, obsessed with greed, impudence, laziness, illiteracy ... Doing nothing and not offering, these parasites only predict new disasters. Enough ice rain in winter - breakage of power lines, no electricity - no sewage, water and heat ...
    Every year, the technical legacy of the Soviet Union is aging and threatening us with new disasters. And in response, a derban of funds and new structures.
    The struggle is with consequences, not causes.
    Either the parasites die - or the body dies (Russia, Ukraine ...) - there is no third.
  19. Black
    Black 23 May 2013 17: 06 New
    not a specialist in gas transit .... but as a student he was in a construction team on the Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod gas pipeline. So, pipe rupture is an extremely unpleasant thing, not rare, but not so dangerous either, because the places are uninhabited.
    The reason, as a rule, is the rapid wear of the pipes. Sand moving in the pipe along with gas (at pumping stations it is removed, but not 100%) acts like a "crazy" emery - wear (usually at the seams) leads to the opening of the pipe sheet.
    So without amersky chips did.
  20. atos_kin
    atos_kin 23 May 2013 17: 25 New
    When someone calls himself an expert, most often he is not. The author can not be gullible, so as not to reduce the credibility of the site.
  21. Leisure
    Leisure 23 May 2013 18: 58 New
    Before the heap, the accident at the Lighthouse was tied to increase the effect. According to the old scheme, they take some fact, and then everything is surrounded by such tales that it is no longer possible to distinguish truth from fiction.
    In a word, "cheap things" express themselves.
  22. Dim Dim
    Dim Dim 23 May 2013 21: 59 New
    You can understand them, people work there too, and they also need to write off wasted money for something. And all propaganda insists that embezzlement is only in our country. No, our officials regularly visit them and study in good faith, and then apply the acquired knowledge in practice.