Vladimir Putin has given the go-ahead to a gun that uses electromagnetic radiation to attack a victims’ central nervous system. The futuristic weapons developed by Russian scientists could be used against enemies and Russian dissidents.
Plans to introduce the weapons were announced recently by Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov saying, “The development of weaponry based on new physics principles — direct-energy weapons, geophysical weapons, wave-energy weapons, genetic weapons, psychotronic weapons, and so on — is part of the state arms procurement programme for 2011-2020.”
The “psychotronic” can effectively turn people into zombies — a dead person that can be given the semblance of life and controlled at will. High doses of microwaves can damage the functioning of internal organs, control behaviour or even drive victims to suicide.
Anatoly Tsyganok, head of the Military Forecasting Centre in Moscow, said: ‘This is a highly serious weapon. When it was used for dispersing a crowd and it was focused on a man, his body temperature went up immediately as if he was thrown into a hot frying pan. Still, we know very little about this weapon and even special forces guys can hardly cope with it.’
Sergei Serykh, 43, claimed he was a victim of weapons which he said were ‘many times more powerful than in the Matrix films’.
Mr Serykh died after falling from a Glasgow tower block with his wife and stepson in March 2010. While his death was assumed to be suicide, his family fear there was foul play.
Putin described the guns as “entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals.
Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons, but will be more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.”
Precise details of the gun have not been revealed. But previous research has shown that low-frequency waves can affect brain cells, alter psychological states and make it possible to transmit commands directly into someone’s thought processes.
Research into electromagnetic weapons has been secretly carried out in the US and Russia since the Fifties.