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CIA Digs Tunnel From Kremlin to Yeltsin's Dacha

Washington Times 'Leak' on Moscow Tunnels Seen as 'Timely'
Moscow Komsomolskaya Pravda 3 Apr 97 pp 1,2
Report by Andrey Kabannikov

The paper The Washington Times is not regarded as one of the most reliable sources of information. Nonetheless, its publication the other day of a "secret report by the main espionage department" has given rise to many rumors.

[Passage omitted comprising account of piece on "top-secret CIA report" on alleged construction of subterranean complexes in Russia, in particular in the Urals, and of bunkers, tunnels, and secret subway lines in Moscow to evacuate the Russian leadership from the city in the event of a nuclear war, "whence it will fly to the impregnable Urals superfortress"; there is also a reproduction from The Washington Times of the "plan allegedly obtained by fearless CIA spies," showing the bunker, tunnel, and subway construction plans for Moscow]

U.S. analysts do not conceal their amazement that this "construction" is costing, according to their estimates, billions of dollars which could be spent on housing for the military, pensions, and wages. Particularly as the United States, as the sponsors of disarmament in the special service point out, has stopped using its own expensive nuclear bunkers in Virginia, near Washington.

The paper The Washington Times is known for being well informed about what is going on in the bowels of the U.S. intelligence community. This familiarity is manifested sometimes in the sensational "leaks" that appear in its pages.

But these "leaks" have both advantages and drawbacks. Their aim is not always objectivity. The present piece is exceedingly timely in the light of the two approaches to the problem of NATO's eastward expansion and the arguments of those former allies of ours who are demanding "security" against a significantly weakened Russia. Besides, it is a good idea to give one's own politicians a jolt, so that they appreciate to the full the chill that has developed in relations between our countries.

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