Secrets 'Metro'-StyleSource Cited on 'Nuclear Bunkers,' Subway Links Claim
Moscow Kuranty in Russian No. 17, 30 Apr-6 May 97 p 11 The item published by The Washington Times to the effect that Russia is continuing to implement Cold War programs -- envisioning, in particular, the building of underground bunkers, tunnels, and so forth -- is, to all appearances, only partially correct. In an interview with Interfax a Russian tunneling expert, who wished to remain anonymous, did not deny The Washington Times report on the completion of a bunker near the village of Voronovo, 74 km south of Moscow. The paper maintains that it acquired this information from a secret CIA report. According to the Interfax source, construction in the area of Voronovo has already been completed or is at the final stage. "This installation is a component of an underground strategic structure comprising several key points which permit control of vital state systems, including those located at a considerable distance (up to several hundred kilometers) from Moscow," the source said. At the same time he categorically denied The Washington Times's assertion about a secret Metro line being laid from the Park Pobedy station to Russian President Boris Yeltsin's dacha near Moscow. According to the source, construction is under way on the main section of the Mitino line that runs via Park Pobedy and Kuntsevo from the deep-lying Kievskaya Radialnaya station, where, according to plans dating back to the early 1950's that were subsequently abandoned, one of the bunkers to be used in the event of a nuclear war was to be located. "There are no government Metro lines in the western part of Moscow," the source said. This does not mean, however, that there are altogether no such lines in the capital. "The first section of the 'Kremlin line' (Metro-2), commissioned in 1967, linked the Central Committee building on Staraya Ploshchad and the Kremlin with an underground town at Ramenki and Vnukovo-2 Airport," the source said, noting that this line links up with the Moscow Metro only in one place -- near the Sportivnaya station. Subsequently, in his words, several spur tracks were built from the main Metro-2 line to installations of state importance. "Yet neither the homes nor the dachas of top state leaders are among such installations," the source said. THIS ARTICLE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL. COPYING AND DISSEMINATION IS PROHIBITED WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT OWNERS.