Jan 12, 2022
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Again “Boshirov and Petrov” on “Losharik” stole a Norwegian submarine cable at a depth of 2.7 km


Photo: Natalia Dmitrak / TASS

On January 10, the Norwegian Internet resource Akroma reported the cryptic news: “One of the two submarine fiber cables that run between Norway and Svalbard are currently decommissioned.” The following is a link to the Governor of Svalbard, who stated that the damage occurred between 130 and 230 kilometers from the town of Longyearbyen at a depth of 300 to 2,700 meters.

The extent of the damage and what exactly happened are unknown. Nor can anything be understood from the official press release of Norway As (NA), the kingdom’s space agency. It is only known that the above cables (one of which is damaged) were mainly intended to support the SvalSat satellite communication station in Svalbard.

A few words must be said about this object. Svalbard was chosen by the Yankees because of its high latitude, which allows all NATO satellites in low Earth orbit to maintain reliable and, most importantly, constant communication with the Earth. And although formally SvalSat serves NA, but under a monopoly contract with NASA.

If you call a spade a spade, this is a pure American office working for the Pentagon, well … with some Norwegian civil projects.

“The military value of the cables, as well as the SvalSat facility, is another potential reason for an espionage or sabotage mission,” the American expert writes. Thomas Newdick… “Although Svalbard itself is a designated demilitarized zone, there have been persistent speculations, including from Russia, that SvalSat facilities on the archipelago are being used to download data from both military and commercial satellites.”

If this is so, then the Svalbard treaty of 1920 is violated, in the 9th article of which it is said: “Norway is obliged to prevent the creation of fortifications or naval bases. Svalbard should never be used for military purposes. Foreign military activity is undesirable. “

To hide the American military presence in Svalbard, the Yankees are ready to do anything. This is understandable: without SvalSat, it will be difficult for the Pentagon to dominate space. “The investigation is likely to include an attempt to identify ships or submarines that were secretly operating in the area in question around the time the violation was first reported,” explains Newdick.

When the American media reported the SvalSat incident in a Russophobic vein, overseas couch troops got excited. They don’t seem to even doubt who did it. Here are a couple of posts, by the way, very typical.

User with nickname red sailboat412 writes: “This kind of machinations speak volumes about how backward Russia has become. The same unit that once tried to plant nuclear missiles in Cuba is now engaged in petty vandalism. ”

Forum user I love tacos asks: “When will NATO and the West deliver Putin in his place? Why do we continue to tolerate his behavior? “

Meanwhile, Johan Slottavik from Akroma reminds that this was not the first time. In April last year, the underwater surveillance system in the north was disabled. The 4.3-kilometer cable, weighing 10 tons, suddenly disappeared without a trace. The local police never found the thief. However, the Yankees, and without any Norwegian cops, pointed to Boshirov and Petrov, who allegedly with the help of the Losharik stole the secret underwater wire.

Later, this story was continued, they say, the Russians, apparently, did not calculate their strength and threw 3 km of cable somewhere 11 km from the crime scene, where it was found in November last year.

According to Western intelligence services, it is difficult to protect underwater communications from malicious damage, which is what “Boshirov and Petrov, on Losharik” use. ” In the Focus-2021 report on threats to Norway, it is reported that, in addition to Muslim challenges, the Russians also have such a thing that specializes in the theft of submarine cables. So they used it.

Focus-2021 on page 64 says: “The Russian underwater reconnaissance program is part of the Russian Ministry of Defense (it is understandable that it is not part of the Pentagon). In Russian, the organization is called GUGI (General Directorate of Deep Sea Research), and in NATO – RURP. ” True, it is not entirely clear what the submarine cables missing in Norway have to do with it.

In short, there is a widespread belief in NATO that it is Russia that develops “offensive capabilities against underestimated targets as part of its strategic deterrence. Russia’s growing focus on capacity cuts is about to become the most serious threat to submarine cables and subsea systems. ”

In addition, the Yankees fear that the Russians, by hacking the SvalSat communications system and stealing at least one of twenty submarine optical communications repeaters, will receive useful technical details for the development of their similar high-latitude satellite station.

Svobodnaya Pressa wrote about last year’s April incident and the mysterious damage to the Love to the Ocean underwater network, which is stuffed with sonars and video cameras. The loss, as it turned out in November, of a cable not 4.3 km long, but 1.3 km long, occurred in a section where the routes of Russian submarines could potentially pass. These are the sections between the western part of the Scandinavian Peninsula and the island of Iceland and from it to Greenland.

Then the Yankees, we repeat, immediately pointed the finger at the Russians. Say, this is the work of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy, they say, if anyone is suspected, then only malicious Russia. In the United States, they even found evidence: in August, near the underwater networks in the North Atlantic, there was a research vessel “Yantar” with deep-sea vehicles on board and with a powerful sonar system. Communication disappeared in April, even some overseas skeptics of the Russian trace did not calm down, to which the Pentagon explained that the cable was cut off in the spring in order to take it out at the end of summer. Like, what’s not clear.

The Norwegians, by the way, were not so categorical, although in the report on their threats called Focus-2021 they nevertheless made a short reference to NATO suspicions. More or less adequate experts suggested that such caution is most likely due to the fact that Oslo clearly knows something. Like, the deep sea keeps secrets, even more terrible than the Russians – “presumably it could be a ‘giant squid’ that took it (the cable),” writes Akroma referring to some local “theories”.

By the way, the authors of the “Love for the Ocean” project do not exclude the possibility that an unintentional break in the cable by some vessel as a result of deep-sea operations, for example, during oil exploration, could have taken place. Most likely it was.

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