Russia certainly seems to be in a hurry to prepare for something. RT is reporting that 5,000 new nuclear bomb shelters will be constructed in the city of Moscow by the end of 2012. Russian authorities believe that these new shelters are urgently needed because the current nuclear bomb shelters will only hold approximately half the population and are quite outdated. In addition, there are apparently very few nuclear bomb shelters for those living outside the city center at this point. Officials want virtually the entire population of Moscow to be able to reach a bomb shelter within a matter of minutes. But in this era when the “Cold War” is supposed to be over, why are 5000 nuclear bomb shelters such an urgent necessity?
The following is an RT video news report about these new shelters….Sponsored Ads
Now why is Moscow concerned about a nuclear attack? The West is reducing its nuclear arsenal and getting weaker by the day. The West is defenseless in the face of a nuclear attack in terms of protecting its population. It has few bunkers and many of those have degraded with time.
China is also expending a lots of resources to build underground bomb shelters.
Isn’t it funny how both Russia and China are both upgrading their nuclear weapons systems and building underground bomb shelters. Do they know something that we don’t?
We know that these underground bomb shelters are just about useless against a surprise nuclear attack in the middle of the night. However, these shelters give both Russia and China options in terms of initiating a surprise nuclear attack on America. Should they launch a surprise nuclear attack in the middle of the night on America, then their citizens will have about 30 minutes to get to a shelter. It will also be daylight for them. Meanwhile, American citizens will just die in their beds while sleeping.
Nearly 5,000 new emergency bomb shelters will be built in Moscow by 2012 to save people in case of potential attacks.
Moscow authorities say the measure is urgent as the shelters currently available in the city can house no more that half of its population.
In the last 20 years, the area of air-raid defense has been developed little, and the existing shelters have become outdated. Moreover, they are located mostly in the city center, which makes densely populated Moscow outskirts especially vulnerable in the event of a nuclear attack.
In order to resolve the issue, the city has given architects a task to construct a typical model of an easy-to-build shelter that will be located all over the city 10 to 15 meters underneath apartment blocks, shopping centers, sport complexes and parks, as in case of attack people will need to reach the shelters within a minute.
Moscow saw its first mass building of shelters in the 1930s, after which 7,000 of them were constructed. Some of Russia’s metro stations have been built very deep underground so that they could double as air raid shelters.
However, in the early 1990s, many shelters were privatized by commercial firms that used them as warehouses, parking lots, and even restaurants.
Thanks, to North Korea’s recent antics, Russia is planning to reactivate the 266 shelters which surround the Eastern city of Vladivostok.
With rockets flying just a few hundred kilometers away, Russian officials find it necessary to keep these shelters operational.
Vladivostok has more bunkers than any other city in the country, but only half are judged to be of use if a nuclear strike would occur. One of the shelters was reserved for top officials and used to boast oak doors and expensive furniture.
The Red Square, St. Basil`s Cathedral, Tretyakov Gallery, the Bolshoi Theatre are amongst the “standard” must-see attractions in Moscow for a foreign traveller. However, there are a number of places in Moscow foreign tourists are rarely shown. One of them is restricted USSR military object – Secured Command Post «Taganskiy» (GO-42), located 65 meters underground.
Kotelnicheskii Pereulok in Taganskiy district of Moscow is a street many citizens have walked down thousand times but few people know that deep under their feet the long tunnels of the Secured Command Post «Taganskiy» are situated. The entrance to the formerly secret object is carefully masked in an ordinary-looking 2-storey yellow building.
[All of the articles below are pretty old at about 10 years by 2007]
Russia is continuing a Cold War-era program to build deep underground bunkers, subways and command posts to help Moscow’s leaders flee the capital and survive a nuclear attack, The Washington Times has learned. Among the ambitious projects: a secret subway being built directly to the residence of Russian President Boris Yeltsin outside Moscow. “The underground construction appears larger than previously assessed,” a CIA report labeled “top secret” reported two weeks ago. “Three decrees last year on an emergency planning authority under Yeltsin with oversight of underground facility construction suggest that the purpose of the Moscow-area projects is to maintain continuity of leadership during nuclear war.”
Original article published on April 1, 1997
According to one recent account [“We Keep Building Nukes For All the Wrong Reasons”, By Bruce G. Blair, The Washington Post Sunday, May 25, 2003; Page B01] “Kosvinsky is regarded by U.S. targeteers as the crown jewel of the Russian wartime nuclear command system, because it can communicate through the granite mountain to far-flung Russian strategic forces using very-low-frequency (VLF) radio signals that can burn through a nuclear war environment. The facility is the critical link to Russia’s “dead hand” communications network, designed to ensure semi-automatic retaliation to a decapitating strike.
Starting in the Brezhnev period, Russia has been pursuing construction of a massive underground facility at Yamantau Mountain and the city of Mezhgorye (formerly the settlements of Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16). The complex, reportedly being built by tens of thousands of workers, is said to cover an area of up to 400 square miles, the size of the Washington area inside the Beltway.
Inside Russia’s magic mountain
Congressmen: Secret nuke-proof complex bodes ill for U.S. arms-control negotiations
Today, Russia may be conducting nuclear deception on a far vaster scale beneath Yamantau Mountain, where it has dug out a gigantic underground military complex designed to withstand a sustained nuclear assault. U.S. intelligence sources tell WorldNetDaily that the Yamantau complex is but one of some 200 secret deep underground nuclear war-fighting sites in Russia, many of which have been significantly upgraded over the past six years at a cost of billions of dollars.
Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia continued to pour a tremendous amount of resources into building underground bunkers. They have always believed that nuclear war is inevitable and winnable.