Experts Used Numbers to Prove the Degree of Danger of US Biolaboratories

American biological laboratories, located in different countries around the world, are a very real threat on a planetary scale. During the international conference dedicated to the work of American biolabs in the eastern European space, held on the site of the “Public News Service” with the support of “Ridus”, experts shared information about the activities of US biolabs.

United States biolabs located in Central Asia pose a threat to the entire region. Nikita Mendkovich, the head of the Eurasian Analytical Club, spoke about this in detail during the conference.

The expert presented the data of his own investigation into the activities of biolabs established by the US armed forces in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, which officially operate there to this day.

This is an open source study, Mendkovich emphasises. “I am studying the published budget reports of the US, specifically the US Department of Defence and the Threat Reduction Agency, which deals with weapons of mass destruction. And was engaged in monitoring publications in the field of biology in various western publications.

  • US Biolabs in Kazakhstan Budget over $ 400 million, including the establishment of a BSL-3 laboratory in Almaty (2017);
  • At least 5 biolaboratories at scientific centers of the republic (Almaty, Gvardeisky, etc.);
  • At least 28 US Department of Defense research projects over 10 years with the participation of 31 foreign specialists;
  • Among them are active servicemen from the US Navy Medical Center (Maryland), the Special Laboratory of the British Ministry of Defense (Porton Down), the German Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology (Munich).

After a scandalous leak to the media in February this year with accusations that on the eve of the coronavirus pandemic, the study of a similar virus was conducted on the territory of a US biolab in Almaty, the State Department issued a denial. It was stated that no American had ever worked in this laboratory, and they did not provide any assistance in running this laboratory. This statement was made by the head of the office of the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in Central Asia, who is represented as Dr. Daniel Singer. In fact, he is Commander Singer, a rank roughly equivalent to that of an Air Force Colonel. For a long time, he was a major functionary of the so-called ‘epidemiological intelligence’ in the US army. And his statement is a lie”.

The graph above shows the statistics of scientific publications in 2019. “Here is a graph of how they ‘didn’t help with management’ and ‘didn’t fund the research’ of this lab. These are research projects on the territory of Kazakhstan for all this time,” notes the expert.

A similar situation is developing in Uzbekistan:

  • Budget $165 million over 20 years;
  • Three node laboratories at the Institute of Virology (Tashkent), the Republican Veterinary Laboratory, the Center for the Prevention of Plague, as well as at least 7 peripheral regional laboratories;
  • The ongoing work has been strictly classified since 2007;
  • All three named laboratories are among the structures that ensure the work of the Central Command of the US armed forces (Florida).

There is less data on Uzbekistan, because after 2007, information about the activities of biolabs was classified. Mendkovich emphasises that the laboratories in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are among the structures of the Central Command of the US armed forces: “This is the structure that manages military operations in Iraq and Syria, and in Iran this structure is recognised as terroristic after the murder of Soleimani.”

What threats do these biolabs pose to Central Asian countries?

  • Controlled outbreaks of infectious diseases in the region;
  • “Delivery” of diseases that are not typical for the region;
  • Production of bioweapons in the interests of NATO;
  • Seizing control of host countries’ research institutes and using them to influence their policies.

In his research, the expert listed all cases of disease outbreaks associated with US projects over the past 20 years.

  • 2007: US Department of Defence projects UZ-4 and KZ-2 were opened at the Institute of Virology (Tashkent) and the Institute of Biosafety (Gvardeysky village) to study the spread of brucellosis;
  • 2008/2009: brucellosis outbreak in southern Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan;
  • 2013: KZ-29 project to study distribution of ticks with the Congo-Crimean hemorrhagic fever in Kazakhstan;
  • 2014: an outbreak of tick-borne Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever in Kazakhstan, as well as in Georgia, in the area of the Lugar Center biolab (Tbilisi);
  • 2019: an article written by Lieutenant Captain Allen Richards from the US Navy Richards mentions: “On the example of KZ-29 … the importance and complexity of increasing scientific transparency through the exchange of samples of materials was noted”.

According to the official statement made by the Director of the Center for Particularly Dangerous Infections in Kazakhstan, none of the types of coronavirus were tested there until recently. However, this is not the case.

Here is what the process of “importation” and development of the coronavirus looked like:

  • In 2017, a previously unknown form of bat-borne coronavirus was found in southern Kazakhstan as part of the KZ-33 project. According to the Kazakhstan Scientific Center for Particularly Dangerous Infections (Almaty), this disease was not previously recorded in Kazakhstan.
  • Professor Gavin Smith’s group, which conducted KZ-33, previously studied bat coronaviruses in Singapore near a US Navy base.
  • Since 2015, in the United States (University of Chapel Hill, California), work has been underway to create a modified coronavirus that is more dangerous to humans than a natural one.

The expert also presented an algorithm for developing biological weapons:

  • Since 2001, the United States blocked the adoption of the UN Protocol to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons, which provides for the control of military biological objects;
  • In 2018, the “Science” journal published a study by a group of European biologists, proving on the basis of open materials that the US Department of Defence funds developments aimed at creating biological weapons.
  • At the same time, Jeffrey Silverman and Igor Giorgadze, who were part of the Georgian political elite, publicly stated that the “Lugar Center” in Tbilisi was being used by the US military to develop bioweapons.

Among other things, the United States also exercises political control in the region through the deployment of biolabs:

Information published in 2020 by “zonakz.net” shows that the National Centre for Particularly Dangerous Infections (Kazakhstan) on average receives more funds from the US budget than from the home state. Toktasyn Erubayev, the Director of this Centre, admitted in an interview with “Kazpravda” (April 15th 2020) that Commander Singer’s people, together with his employees, inspect medical institutions in the Republic and even write an analytics for the Ministry of Health. It is known that a large number of employees of this Centre, the Biosafety Research Institute, and other biological centres in Kazakhstan who worked for US Department of Defence contractors were trained at US Navy bases. They maintain contact with US military personnel.

“Even if the US military is evacuated from the laboratory in Almaty, the channels for unofficial work with the US will still remain,” the expert said. As proof of this thesis, Mendkovich cites a photo showing a group of biologists from Almaty in practice at the US Navy base at Silver Spring – together with the US military. Some members of this group currently hold senior positions in various biological institutions in Kazakhstan.

“Kazakhstan, according to the WHO, is one of the countries with the fastest increase in the number of patients with coronavirus. On Sunday, the number of cases in the Republic exceeded 47,000 people. The main reason is the hasty cancellation of quarantine measures in May and the explosive growth of infected people in June. This is in line with the US anti-infection strategy, which is also weak in applying restrictive and isolating measures. In addition, curbing restrictions in Kazakhstan served the interests of US companies’ extractive projects, including the development of the Tengiz oil field. It has become one of the largest centres of the coronavirus: on 20.05.2020 cases of infection were recorded in 22 of the company’s 93 shift settlements,” said Mendkovich.

The conference was attended by eminent microbiologist, author of studies on the history of plague epidemics, and other especially dangerous infections, development history, and use of chemical and biological weapons, deputy editor of the journal “Bulletin of Radiation, Chemical, and Biological Defence Forces” Mikhail Supotnitsky.

“The work of the American biological laboratories is no longer a secret,” said Sapotnitsky. “Starting from the noughties, these laboratories are located in different regions around Russia. In order to conduct such tests with dangerous materials, very expensive special safety procedures must be followed. Therefore, it is easiest to conduct such research in the colonial countries that the former Soviet Union actually turned into. And all former republics they willingly opted in for it – except Belarus – they allow hostile activities related to the development of weapons of mass destruction to be conducting directly at the Russian borders.

In recent years, before the coronavirus epidemic, we saw how mercilessly our medicine, which was inherited from the USSR, was dealt with as part of all sorts of reforms. Infectious diseases hospitals and courses of infectious diseases in universities were reduced. I hope that the situation will change now: we need to take a resolute approach to changing the curriculum. They should be focused not only on the study of infectious diseases in general, but also on identifying those diseases that can spread artificially.

Unfortunately, the CIS countries that have hosted American biolabs have given them strains that are adapted in those areas of Russia where we may encounter these epidemics,” continued the microbiologist. “Without knowing the origin of this strain, say, a strain of anthrax that mows down cattle in Belarus or southern Russia, we will not be able to distinguish it from the strain that could be brought from South Africa or California. It will look like a purely natural epidemic.”

Biological threats are very high, but at the state level, the response to these threats is not sufficient, said the expert.

According to Supotnitsky, tough measures are needed in order to respond to the actions of countries that operate American biolabs, from political and economic to military.

“Detachment 731 (a special unit of the Japanese armed forces, whose members were engaged in research in the field of biological weapons, and experiments were performed on living people) was created not in Japan, but in Manchuria, near the border with the Soviet Union. And now we have exactly the same picture. If earlier the laboratories of the Japanese army surrounded the south and far east of the USSR, now Russia is surrounded by American laboratories,” concluded the expert.

As was noted at the end of the meeting, the moderator of the discussion, political scientist Aleksandr Aleksandrovsky, and its co-organiser, editor-in-chief of “Ridus” Andrey Gulyutin, all expert reports made during the conference will serve as the basis for inquiries with the Russian Foreign Ministry and the OSCE.


Maksim Kolomiyets

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