OSCOW, December 22 (RIA Novosti) - A
former KGB officer has divulged secrets of special mind control
techniques that security services in developed nations used
during and after the Cold War, a Russian government daily said
General Boris Ratnikov, who served in the KGB
department for Moscow and the Moscow Region, told Rossiiskaya
Gazeta that people in power had resorted to various methods of
manipulating individuals' thoughts since ancient times, and that
it was hardly surprising that secret services adopted the
practice when it acquired a scientific foundation in the 20th
"You can hardly imagine the warfare that
broke out in this area in the first half of the last century. It
would hardly be an exaggeration to say that sometimes real
'astral battles' took place," Ratnikov told the daily.
In the mid-1980s, about 50 research
institutes in the Soviet Union studied remote mind control
techniques backed by substantial government funding but all such
research efforts were halted with the demise of the Soviet
empire in the early 1990s.
Ratnikov, who subsequently served as deputy
head and then senior consultant at the Federal Guard Service
from 1991 to 1997, said his department was in charge of
safeguarding top officials in post-Soviet Russia against any
external influence on their sub-conscious.
The general stated emphatically that he and
his colleagues had never manipulated the minds of the then
president, Boris Yeltsin, or of economic reformer Yegor Gaidar
but claimed to have used mind-reading to save Russia's first
president and the country from a war with China.
Yeltsin had planned to visit Japan in 1992
but Ratnikov's department detected attempts to 'program' the
president's mind to make him give the Kuril Islands back to
Japan. The move would have led to demands from China that it
regain its disputed territories from Russia as well, a conflict
that could have sparked a war between the neighbors. Yeltsin
therefore had to cancel the trip.
Another of the general's revelations is that
senior officials in Western Europe and the United States
unwittingly provided information to his department, which was
able to read their minds thanks to Soviet-era scientific
In the early 1990s, Ratnikov and his
colleagues "scanned" the mind of new U.S. Ambassador Robert
Strauss to see that the embassy building contained equipment to
exert psychotronic influence on Moscow residents but it had been
deactivated, the general told the paper.
In further comments on the psychotronic
weapon, Ratnikov said that although Russia, the United States
and other countries had the necessary technology, it was
dangerous to use it because the operator of the weapon and even
the person who gave the orders could suddenly fall gravely ill
or even die.