By Ashley Cleek
Live link: Radio Free Europe
July 30, 2010

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“HAARP (High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program), which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance, and missile detection.

Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass destruction “in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems in local countries.”

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As Muscovites suffer record high temperatures this summer, a Russian
political scientist has claimed the United States may be using
climate-change weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia
and other Central Asian countries.

In a recent article, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the Strategic
Culture Foundation, wrote, “At the moment, climate weapons may be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in certain countries.”

The article has been carried by publications throughout Russia, including
“International Affairs,” a journal published by the Foreign Ministry and by
the state-owned news agency RIA Novosti.

In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off from
claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely positing a theory.

“First of all, I would like to say that what I wrote in that article, even
the citations, does not in any way claim to a be final truth. It is, if you
will, speculation, in other words, the definition of an hypothesis,” Areshev
said.

Moscow is currently sweltering under record temperatures. On July 29 Moscow suffered its hottest day ever, with temperatures hitting 39 degrees.

But Russia isn’t the only country suffering form a heat wave this summer.
Indeed, the United States is also experiencing record temperatures. On July
24, temperatures in Washington, D.C., hit 37.7 degrees, and local weather
services issued heat warnings for the first time this summer.

Areshev agrees that it is also hot in the United States, but notes that the
United States is significantly farther south than Russia, meaning that such
high temperatures are not so surprising there.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, however, announced in July that land and ocean temperatures throughout the world were the highest ever, since they began tracking global temperatures in 1880.

Conspiracy Theories

In the article, Areshev voiced suspicions about the High-Frequency Active
Aural Research Program (HAARP), funded by the U.S. Defense Department and the University of Alaska.

HAARP, which has long been the target of conspiracy theorists, analyzes the
ionosphere and seeks to develop technologies to improve radio
communications, surveillance, and missile detection.

Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons of mass
destruction “in order to destabilize environmental and agricultural systems
in local countries.”

Areshev’s article also references an unmanned spacecraft X-37B, an orbital
test vehicle the Pentagon launched in April 2010. The Pentagon calls X-37B a prototype for a new “space plane” that could take people and equipment to
and from space stations. Areshev, however, alleges that the X-378 carries
“laser weaponry” and could be a key component in the Pentagon’s
climate-change arsenal.

The Pentagon was not immediately reachable for comment.

Areshev also cites the U.S. government’s effort to use rain and cloud
coverage to block the Vietnam Army’s supply routes during the Vietnam War. He insisted, however, that he was not a conspiracy theorist.

“My comments were not made in order to accuse the U.S., or any other
country, of consciously influencing Russia,” Areshev said. “That would be
quite ridiculous.”

Asked whether or not Russia was also experimenting with climate-control
methods, Areshev said since he was not a member of the government, he did
not have information about such projects.