8 July 1998

Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 16:17:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Defector Warns of Russian Plans 
To: jy@jya.com
From: nobody@shinobi.alias.net (Anonymous)

Associated Press, Wednesday, 08 July 1998, 3:20 p.m. EDT

Defector Warns of Russian Plans 
By Barry Schweid, AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A former Soviet agent says Russia's military 
intelligence is gathering information on President Clinton, key 
congressional and military leaders and members of the Cabinet for 
assassination squads. 

Elite troops already are training in the United States and in the 
event of war "would try to assassinate as many American leaders as 
possible, as well as their families," Stanislav Lunev, a former 
colonel in the Russian military intelligence service, asserts in a 
book published Wednesday. 

They would also blow up power stations, telephone switching systems 
and dams and target secret landing sites for Air Force One, wrote 
Lunev, who defected in 1992. 

"The use of tactical nuclear weapons would be likely," he said. 

Declaring he wanted to use his experience "to warn America of the 
dirty tricks that can be played against her," the defector says 
Russian pilots are training for action against the United States 
and NATO. 

In the book, "Through the Eyes of the Enemy," and in an Associated 
Press interview, Lunev said special agents were entering the United 
States as foreign tourists on fake passports and that elite troops 
were locating sites to deposit small nuclear devices, known as 
"suitcase bombs," in the Shenandoah Valley outside Washington and 
the Hudson Valley of New York. 

"Russia remains terrified of the power of America, and Russian 
military intelligence does everything it can to prepare for a war 
that it considers inevitable," Lunev wrote. 

CIA and FBI officials declined to discuss the former colonel or his 
assertions. On one of his central points, that Russian mobsters 
have considerable control over the Russian government, including 
espionage operations, CIA spokesperson Anya Guilsher said: 

"The Russian intelligence security services have expressed public 
concern regarding Russian organized criminal ties to government 
officials. There is a determined effort under way to prosecute 
officials for criminal activity." 

Guilsher also said "the Russian mafia is something we continue to 
watch carefully." 

Last September, a senior Russian Defense Ministry official denied 
the existence of suitcase-size nuclear bombs, saying such devices 
would be technically possible but too costly and inefficient to 

The statements by Lt. Gen. Igor Volynkin disputed claims by former 
Russian government officials that Moscow possessed the miniature 
bombs and had lost track of some of them. 

In the book, Lunev wrote that "America is facing a nation led by 
gangsters -- gangsters who have nuclear weapons. And some of these 
weapons are on American soil." 

In a telephone interview, Lunev said the Russian government cannot 
account for about 100 nuclear devices, and "it's possible" nuclear 
weapons already have been dropped in the Shenandoah and Hudson 
valleys or elsewhere in the United States. 

On the influence of Russian mobsters, he spoke without qualification. 
"The mafia controls the government and the political establishment, 
and as a result of this they have a huge influence over (President 
Boris) Yeltsin." 

Lunev shied away from registering an opinion of Clinton's decision to 
go to Moscow in September for talks with Yeltsin. "It's not my 
business," he said. 

However, Lunev said it was more important to talk to the Russian 
president about the proliferation of missile technology than to defer 
a summit until the Russian parliament approves the START II missile 
reduction treaty. 

Asked what his intentions were, Lunev said: "I wish America to take 
much more care about this country's national security because the 
Cold War is not finished." 

Lunev went on: "There is no military confrontation between the two 
blocs, but the Cold War is still in play and going on in much more 
dangerous ways. There is no open confrontation, but a lot of activity 
from special services and criminals." 

Insisting that Russia was preparing for war with the United States, 
the former intelligence officer said, "Russian pilots are training 
for action against NATO and the U.S. military. Russia still consider 
the United States and NATO the main potential military adversaries." 

Asked how U.S. officials responded to his allegations, Lunev replied: 
"They are very interested, but they are professional and they cannot 
provide emotions." 

Copyright 1998 The Associated Press