Russia Is Building Fallout Shelters to Prepare for a Potential Nuclear Strike

Is this self-defense, an implied menace to the West, a pretext for political repression, or all of the above? “>

MOSCOW Manager of the Zenit Arena, a giant half-built stadium in St. Petersburg, received an official note from the Ministry of Emergency Situations last week necessitating that they immediately develop shelter facilities for wartime. The stadium, under structure for the upcoming World Cup 2018, is pinpointed outside the city boundaries, the note mentioned, but in case of nuclear assault this is the case in the potential region of struggle demolition and radiation fallout.

The last hour Russians see authorities talk like this about a potential mobilization for a nuclear strike was 20 years ago, and it all seemed highly improbable. Now, it seems, the Kremlin is not joking. Up to 40 million people participated in recent civil-defense exercises all across the country, learning about how to hide and where exactly to run to in case of a nuclear war.

But whether the motive behind this is self-defense, an implied menace to the West, a means to mobilize and oversight matters public opinion, or all of the above, is not entirely clear.

These are the most serious strains between Moscow and Washington in decades, mentioned Sergei Markov, a member of the Civic Chamber, a Moscow-based nation institution. The struggle might begin even before the November elections in the U.S.

I personally plan to stock 200 cans of pork to be ready for a potential struggle crisis, Markov told The Daily Beast in an interview, and I admonish everybody to do the same.

State Duma Deputy Vadim Dengin said he hoped that there would be no struggle with United States. I cannot understand why the West cannot just leave us in serenity, let us be, government officials mentioned. Americans should realize that it will be “their childrens” go looking for shelters, too, if they are serious about attacking Russia.

On Thursday, Vladimir Gladkov, a 19 -year-old student, told you he heard from a neighbor that the most significant bomb shelter to his apartment building was Kitai Gorod metro station.

A thermonuclear bomb on Moscow?

Gladkov, who was born times after the Soviet Cold War with the United States was over, clanged frustrated: Americans are not crazy to bomb us, I am not sure why our authorities want people to experience hysterical panic attacks. Maybe somebody experiences annoyed that we seem too free and happy, he suggested.

In Russia, where generations have suffered from wars or economic emergencies, panic takes over speedily as a kind of infectious epidemic and some respond with millennial obsessions.

During the impoverished years of the early 1990 s, millions of Russians moved to settlements in the Taiga searching mystical redemption. Over 3,000 supporters in Christ Vissarion still live in the Siberian woods waiting for the End of Light.

In 2012 many in Russia waited in fright for the Mayan Doomsday. People bought bottles of vodka, matches, and candles to survive the dark hours.

There is an expression that every Russian knows well: To save for a black day. And there are so many black periods in Russian historynot just days, but years of devastation.

My life is just one everlasting black day, replies Baba Zoya, an old woman were alone in the village of Bezvodnoye in the Nizhny Novgorod region. The 82 -year-old pensioner finds winters especially hard to survive.

On some cold wintertime periods when every joint, every bone hurts, I have no vigor got to go and buy a piece of eat, she told The Daily Beast. Her only conveniences are her old-fashioned puppy and a falling-apart armchair outside of her old-fashioned dark lumber isba, a Russian traditional log house. She recollects World War II only too welldozens of Bezvodnoye humen left one day “and didnt come back”. I wish, my dear, that you live your life without such dreadful recollections, she said.

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