Russian Mind Control Weapons:
New 2005 Information and Brief Update

by Cheryl Welsh

with special thanks for contributions by Leyla Sheyhzamanova,
Mojmir Babacek, and for translations by Ramon Ruelas
September 2005.

Russians speak openly and pass laws on russian mind control weapons
while the US says US mind control is classified or does not exist.
Here is critical information rarely reported in US press.

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Table of Contents

  1. New: 2001 law cited by The Los Angeles Times January 2005 article.
  2. New: Thanks to Leyla Sheyhzamanova for this background information on the 2001 law.
  3. New: Duma member V.N. Lopatin's ten years of russian legislative work on banning mind control weapons, which resulted in the 2001 law.
  4. New brief overview and examples of the extensive russian public discussions, government documents, journal and newspaper articles on nonlethal weapons and mind control.
  5. Mind control weapons information continues to grow: US journal articles on russian mind control weapons by Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, a military analyst at the US Army, Department of Defense, Foreign Military Studies Office, (FMSO), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
  6. Post cold war soviet mind control weapons developments; Darpa reports by Mary C. Fitzgerald, research fellow at Hudson Institute.
  7. Brief analysis and conclusions

1. New: 2001 law cited by The Los Angeles Times January 2005 article.

Translation by Ramon Ruelas.

Russian copy posted here.

Please note: One of the draft addendums (official note) is posted here:

Mind Justice will  continue to research this law in order to obtain the final version of the addendum or official note referred to in the 2001 law and the 2005 Los Angeles Times article.

On the introduction of an addendum to Article 6 of the Federal Law "About Weapons" Accepted by the Governmental Duma on 28th June, 2001

Article 1. Paragraph seven of point 1, Article 6 of the Federal Law from 13 December 1996, No. 150-FZ "About Weapons" (meeting of the legislation of the Russian Federation, 1996, (No. 51, pg. 5681) after the words "of biological factors;" to supplement with the words "weapons and other objects, whose damaging effect is based on the use of electromagnetic, light, thermal, infrasonic or ultrasonic emission and which have the output parameters which exceed the values established by the state standards of the Russian Federation and which correspond to the standards of the federal organ of executive power in the area of public health, and also indicated weapons and objects produced beyond the limits of the territory of the Russian Federation;".

Article 2. The actual federal law becomes effective from the day of its official publication.


Russian Federation

V. Putin

Moscow, Kremlin
26 July, 2001
No. 103-FZ

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2. New: Thanks to Leyla Sheyhzamanova for this background information on the 2001 law, in russian here:\20016\28\15000

Translation by Ramon Ruelas.

State Duma came out for the prohibition of electromagnetic, light, thermal, infra and ultrasonic weapon. 28 June 2001, 18:23 text: Nikita Of varenov state thought accepted in third reading the project of law "about the introduction of addition into article 6 federal of laws" about the weapon ", developed by deputies - as members of Duma security committee. In accordance with the bill, in the territory RF is forbidden the circulation, as the civil and the official, the weapon, whose damaging effect is based on the use of electromagnetic, light, thermal, infra and ultrasonic emission. Prohibition is extended also to the weapon of this form produced abroad. For the adoption of bill voted 356 deputies, against - 1.

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3. New: No new information has surpassed the work of russian lawyer and Duma member, V.N. Lopatin.

Below is a brief summary of his dedicated ten years of russian legislative work on banning mind control weapons, which resulted in the 2001 law above. Further information is available at under Russian Translation Project.

For over ten years, V.N. Lopatin has been prominent and influential in the Russian government. He has advocated the banning of Russian mind control weapons and has taken this cause to the UN. Mr. Lopatin has a law degree and was a member of the state Duma of Russia. His 1999 book, Psychotronic Weapons and the Security of Russia includes an outline of the threat of psychotronic weapons and war and the importance of public relations concerning this global threat. Psychotronic weapons include electromagnetic weapons which target the brain and nervous system. He writes of the proposed Russian federal law 'Informational-psychological safety' concerning the protection and defense of rights and lawful interests of citizens and society.

Mr. Lopatin, is mentioned in two unclassified government documents excerpted below, received under a freedom of information act request. A Moscow Russian Public Television program on Oct 6, 1995 entitled Man and Law, Scientists Discuss Mind Control Technology included an interview of Lopatin.

State Duma expert Yuriy Lopatin calling for legislation banning illegal development and sale of mind-control devices.

...A State Duma expert, Yuriy Lopatin says: "Psychotronic Technology is spreading illegally. A law banning the illegal development, production, retailing, and spreading of psychotronic devices which influence the minds and behavior of citizens is badly needed." He goes on to say: "The use of the mass media for psychological experiments should be banned and all the state-ordered research in human genetic experiments should be strictly registered." This was approved by Georgiy Georgiyevich Rogozin, first Deputy Head of the Presidential Security Service.

See also Bulletin of Atomic Scientist, Jan/Feb. 1991 Renegade Russians Grab For Military Control by Jennifer Scheck Lee which reported, "...Yeltsin's September 1990 choice of Lopatin, a former navy officer equivalent to major, to head the republic's new State Committee on Public Security..." The 1990 Xinhua article excerpt below describes Lopatin's visit with US Defense Secretary Richard Cheney and Lopatin's press conference at the National Press Club.

The Xinhua General Overseas News Service; Xinhua News Agency, October 11, 1990, US defense secretary to visit Moscow

Cheney will stop over in London on his way to Moscow and in Paris on the way back. William's also disclosed today that yesterday, Cheney met with a young soviet military 'reformer', Major Vladimir Lopatin, and had a 'private conversation' with him. He declined to reveal the contents of the conversation. Lopatin, who addressed a press conference at the national press club here today, is in the United States on a visit hosted by 'Global Outlook,' a research institute.

Lopatin continues to be active in russian government security policy according to the Arminfo News Agency, October 7, 2004 entitled, Armenian Parliamentary Vice Speaker Proposes Elaborating single Approaches to Self-Proclaimed Republics within Framework of CIS. The article described Lopatin as Deputy Director of the National Research Institute of the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia and his work on inclusion of the issue of recognition of the Armenian Genocide into the agenda of the next session of the commission.

Mr. Lopatin is by far, the most powerful and prominent public figure in the world to advocate a ban on mind control weapons. The 2000 Segodnya article below can be found in Lexis-nexus database and includes a great overview of the 2001 law.

What The Papers Say (Russia)


SOURCE: Segodnya, February 11, 2000,

BYLINE: Andrei Soldatov



According to "Segodnya," currently the Duma is actively discussing the draft law on the information-psychological security submitted by Vladimir Lopatin. It is possible that the fruit of ten years of work (the works on the draft law began in 1990) will be discussed in the first reading in April.


Such laws have never been discussed in any country. But this fact does not embarrass the deputies because they discovered that the enemy, which threatens Russia in this sphere, is dreadful and powerful. Secret methods of information-psychological influence can not only harm a person's health, but also lead to "the loss of people's freedom on the unconscious level, the loss of capability of political, cultural and other self-identification, manipulations with social consciousness" and even "the destruction of a common informational and spiritual integrity of the Russian Federation".

At the same time, the law does not explain why the application of these methods is so destructive. During private talks, the developers of this draft law refer to certain "psychotropic weapons". Journalists of "Segodnya" tried to find out if there are any grounds for the rumors about such weapons.

It should be admitted that our potential enemy has compelled us to talk about "psychotropic" or "psychical" weapons. Here is a selective list of the newest American military achievements: portable lasers and isotopic oscillators, which blind enemy soldiers, subsonic generators, which not only disorientate the enemy but also cause nausea and diarrhea, and also noise generators, which influence hostile and excited crowds. Or "water foam," for example. It is a gas which creates a foam that disorientates the enemy.

Almost all these technologies have been developed in the famous laboratory in Los-Alamos within the framework of the national program aimed at creating of so-called non-mortal weapons.


The non-mortal weapons created in the laboratory in Los-Alamos are closely connected with so-called "information weapons," which allegedly influence battle hardware: according to Alexander Starovoitov, former Director of the Federal Agency of Governmental Liaison and Information (FAGLI), the information weapons represents an arsenal of devices for unauthorized access to information and for destroying electronic control systems. But Russian people believe that such weapons can be used against not only enemy soldiers, but also the population of the country.

In 1996, Timothy Tomas, analyst of the Center for Researching Foreign Armies (Fort Livenwort, Kansas), who studied the prospects of the Russian science in the sphere of information weapons, tried to explain this phenomenon. According to Tomas, historically the Soviet Union conducted research in the sphere of information control. One of the most interesting methods, which makes it possible to manipulate information, is called "a method of reflexive control." The essence of this method is to give the enemy information, which will force it to act as the sender of the information that the other party wants. This theory was created in fiftieth by the first computer center of the Defense Ministry known as military object No.01168.

In addition, Tomas states that the USSR worked on the theory of misinformation, the application of which causes the population of a country to refuse to help its own army during a military conflict.

To all appearances, the Russian military and deputies concluded that Americans have managed to advance further than the Russian scientists in the sphere of manipulating the population after they learned about the new weapons created in the US. This fear has developed into a firm belief when the sums which the US spends for creating information weapons became known. According to FAGLI, the expenditure of the US for creating information weapons has increased by four times during the last 15 years and currently this expenditure takes first place among the expenses for all military programs.

The panic grew, when in 1996, the leadership of FAGLI announced that the effect produced by information weapons can be compared only with weapons of annihilation. FAGLI prepared and published analytical information under the title "Information Weapons as a Threat to the National Security of Russia." As a result in 1997, the Duma and the CIS Inter-Parliamentary Assembly appealed to the UN, OSCE, and the Council of Europe with a proposal to pass an international ban on information wars and demanded that the turnover of information weapons be limited. In March, 1998, this issue was raised at the meeting with General Secretary of the UN Kofi Annan. On the initiative of Russia, this issue was entered into the agenda of the UN General Assembly.

Later, such strict rhetoric was explained. Alexander Starovoitov, former General Director of FAGLI, stated that an information attack may destroy all electronic controlling systems, which are used by the Defense Ministry, and the state infrastructure. The Army and the Navy will not be able to respond to such aggression. The leaders of the country will not be able to receive information about the situation in the country and will not take necessary actions accordingly. Due to the consequences of the use of such weapons, the government decided to allocate additional money for protecting the governmental communications systems...

In addition to FAGLI, the Defense Ministry became interested in information weapons counting on money allocated by the government for the development of such weapons. As a result of the lobbying on the part of the security ministries, the State Commission for Military Construction decided to insert information weapons into the list of the three priority factors of the Russian potential of deterring possible aggressions (together with the Strategic Nuclear Force and the systems of high-precision weapons). Civilian structures wanted to receive money for researching the problem of information-psychological security too. The Research Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences became an active creator of the draft law submitted by Vladimir Lopatin.

The point of view of the special services on this problem is not clear. On the one hand, FAGLI stated that it refuses to give an appraisal to the law before the government announces its official position. On the other hand, an official of FAGLI participated in creating this draft law.

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4. New: Brief example of the extensive and very open, although controversial, russian public discussions, government documents, journal and newspaper articles on nonlethal weapons and mind control, after the break up of the Soviet Union.

The US government official position is that US mind control weapons are classified or that there are no US government mind control weapons programs. See for US position on mind control. For extensive information on russian mind control see russian section at Here is just one example.

June 27, 2000, Tuesday Itar-Tass Russian press review of June 27

The key topics covered by the Russian papers on Tuesday were the economic policy of the Russian government, Russia's information security doctrine, and the Russian State Duma having passed a bill on a new procedure to form the Federation Council upper house of parliament.

The Rossiiskaya Gazeta offered its comments on the problem, saying that "to ensure the information security Russia has not only to solve theoretical problems so that new-generation threats could be checked and brought under control, but to work out a corresponding legislative base."

The Nezavisimaya Gazeta stated that "according to the authors of the idea, the new structure should display a coordinated state policy on the issue."

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5. Mind Control weapons information continues to grow:

US journal articles on russian mind control weapons by Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, a military analyst at the US Army, Department of Defense, Foreign Military Studies Office, (FMSO), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Here is an excerpt from Military Review, September-October 1999, Human Network Attacks by Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, posted on the FMSO website at;

China and Russia, in addition to studying hardware technology, data processing equipment, computer networks and 'system of systems' developments, have focused [on] 'new-concept weapons,' such as infrasound weapons, lasers, microwave and particle-beam weapons and incoherent light sources. ...The Chinese military apparently believes these devices will be used in future war since its doctors are investigating treatment for injuries caused by special types of high-tech or new-concept weapons.

In the past half century the potential for working on the consciousness, psyche or morale of a person, society or the composition of an armed force has grown dramatically. One of the main reasons is the considerable success achieved by many countries in their systematic research in the areas of psychology, psychotronics, parapsychology, other new psychophysical phenomenon, bioenergy, biology and psy-choenergy in the fields of security and defense.

...In fact, the information-psychological factor is so important to the Russian military that it considers the information-psychological operation as an independent form of military activity.

Psychotronics is defined as 'an inter-disciplinary area of scientific knowledge, which, mediated by consciousness and by perceptual processes, investigates distant (noncontiguous) interactions among living organisms and the environment. It studies the energy and information phenomena of such interactions.' See V.D. Tsgankov and V.N. Lopatin, Psikhotronnoe Oruzhie i Bezopasnost' Rossii, Moscow 1999.

A psycho-physical (psychotronic) weapon is defined as 'a technically generated means designed to exert an information and/or energy influence on the functions of the human psyche and on the physiological functioning of human organs and systems. It belongs to the category of non-lethal weapons.' See M.I. Abdurakhmanov, V.A. Barishpolets, V.L. Manilov, V.S. Pirumov, Geopolitika I Natsional'naya Bezopasnost', Moscow, 1998

Mr. Thomas' work was cited as an explanation for claims of mind control victims in July/August 1998, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, All in the (Russian) mind? by Linda Rothstein;

From time to time, the Bulletin gets letters from people claiming to need help because the FBI is controlling their minds through radio waves. Some say their troubles started when they were secretly operated on; others claim that agents inhabit the apartment above, below, or across the street--from which are directed subliminal messages that cause the letter writer much grief.

Mr. Timothy L. Thomas, an analyst at the Foreign Military Studies Office at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, has a term for such assaults on targeted individuals- "psychotronic warfare." And when it comes to developing the tools to succeed in this apparently burgeoning area, he says, the Russians are way ahead. "Information warfare," Thomas explains in the Spring 1998 issue of Parameters, is usually aimed at disrupting modes of communication--telephones, satellites, computers, and so on. But what many US advocates of information warfare have not realized is the importance of targeting the human body, the weakest link in the information chain.

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6. Post cold war soviet weapons developments: Darpa reports by Mary C. Fitzgerald, research fellow at Hudson Institute.

Mary C. Fitzgerald is a research fellow at Hudson Institute, a Washington based public policy think tank. Her areas of expertise are defense and national security issues, Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian studies, Russian military and US military. As reported on the Hudson Institute website at;

Since 1977, Mary C. Fitzgerald has analyzed Soviet/Russian military writings for the DOD [Department of Defense] with a view to defining central concepts in strategy, operational art, and tactics. In addition, she has published the following reports for the US Department of Defense: Russian Views on Electronic and Information Warfare (Volumes I and II), Winter 1996; Russian MOEs for Electronic and Information Warfare, Fall 1997; Impact of the RMA on Russian Military Affairs (Volumes I and II), Spring 1998; and Impact of the RMA on Russian Military Affairs: Addendum, Fall 1998.

Mary Fitzgerald has written an annual report for Darpa (Defense Advanced Research Agency) since 1996 which includes a considerable section on psychotronic weapons. The report is listed above as a US Department of Defense report. Dr. Fitzgerald travels to Russia, attends meetings and conferences with military officials and compiles the annual Darpa report on russian weapons. A freedom of information request to Darpa for the 1997 Darpa report entitled, Russian Views on Electronic and Information Warfare is still pending after almost two years. Many thanks to Tessa Puglia who found an outline of the 1997 report;

Russian Views on Electronic and Information Warfare

September 1997
For official use only

Russian military scientists predict that the new RMA will drive future war toward exploitation of new physical principles, info warfare...

Future war will liberate man from the battlefield and be less physically destructive because its main objectives are to affect the opponent's infrastructure and psychology. Victory will go to the side best able to execute the emerging "Sixth Generation" of warfare.


I. New Physical Principles

  • Geophysical/ecological weapons
  • High-frequency radio/electromagnetic wave weapons, infrasonic weapons
  • Ethnic weapons
  • Directed-energy weapons
  • Psychotronic weapons
  • Plasma weapons
  • Non-lethal weapons
  • Cost-effective
  • Secrecy/surprise...

IV. New Physical Principles

High-frequency wave weapons (infrasonic weapons)

  • Attack all life-sustaining physiological functions (circulatory and nervous systems, internal organs, etc.)
  • Alarm, desperation, horror
  • Mass onset of epilepsy, heart attacks, death
  • Penetration of concrete, metal structures...
  • Detect, monitor, protect against bio-emissions

IX. New Physical Principles

  • Directed, non-contact EM fields in SHF/EHF bands
  • More dangerous than atomic, etc.
  • Suppress willpower/impose "criminal will"
  • Radio waves disrupt brain, central nervous systems
  • Infrasonic waves = fear, panic, etc.
  • Directed irradiation = EM fields from electronic equipment
  • Changes behavior, reactions to events
  • Disrupts functional systems
  • Causes morphological changes in cell tissue
  • Penetrates brick, wood, concrete

X. New Physical Principles

  • ..."Holographic laser"
  • Radiation generator, receiver, device to transform reflected signals...
  • Current phase based on artificial intelligence, expert systems, neural networks, transputers using "acquired" knowledge

"Most important objective may be affecting enemy's psychology"

  • Individual, collective, mass
  • Direct or indirect
  • Destroy institutions, create mass disorder, etc.
  • "Psychological weapons": psychotronic, psychotropic, infrasonic, electromagnetic...

III. Conclusions

New operations: "Supersystems" = jointness

  • ...New Military-Technical Policy: "technological deterrence" = shift from material - to science-intensive
  • Space-based C3I/EW = "supersystems"

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7. Brief analysis and conclusions:

Russians speak openly and pass laws on russian mind control weapons while the US says US mind control is classified or does not exist.  This is critical information that is rarely reported in US press.

Reliable information on russian mind control weapons is difficult to find in the US. V. N. Lopatin is one of the few russian leaders who has consistently spoken out for over ten years. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, information on russian mind control weapons became available. While the long-term US/Russian interest in the weapons continues, less information is publicly available after 2000 as seen in the very few US military analysts who are writing about China and Russian electromagnetic weapons and mind control. This combination of factors is an indication of the very heavy classification and importance of the weapons. Now the 2005 Los Angeles Times reports "...In 2001, President Vladimir V. Putin signed into law a bill making it illegal to employ "electromagnetic, infrasound ... radiators" and other weapons of "psychotronic influence" with intent to cause harm. An official note attached to the bill said Russian scientists were trying to create "effective methods of influence of humans at a distance." There is no comparable US federal law. Much more research on this promising area of mind control is needed.

Available russian and US mind control weapons information reveal probable US cover stories for the US mind control weapons programs which are inevitably classified and developed. Claims by Israeli military officials that russian mind control weapon 'don't work' , as reported in this Defense News excerpt below, have also been reported by US officials. See for further information.

Defense News, December 17-23 2001, Israel Fields Means to Suppress Palestinian Violence by Louise Doswald-Beck; ...In a Dec. 9 interview marking the close of his four-year term at the helm of Israel's formidable defense research and development sector, Ben-Israel, [Major General Isaac Ben-Israel] said his directorate explored different scientific and phenomenological fields-including mind control- in attempts to contain and deter terrorist activity. "We invested in this for a few years...but we determined that it was not effective," Ben-Israel said of mind control methods, many of which were developed by military and security agencies of the former Soviet Union.

Everyone can agree that if government mind control was an effective weapon, officials would never admit it. This raises serious questions and issues for both Russians and Americans. No government documents or proof of mind control weapons other than circumstantial evidence were ever publicly confirmed. As a result of national security, the needed reliable facts and information are not available for public discussion of mind control weapons in the US. Only with the momentous historical event of the break up of the Soviet Union did russian mind control weapons become public knowledge. Russian government officials such as Lopatin have revealed the existence of mind control weapons in laws to control the weapons. It is difficult to imagine what momentous event it would take for US officials to reveal US mind control weapons. 'Mind Justice will continue to update this groundbreaking russian law and the post-2001developments.  Finally, Mind Justice will continue to gather evidence and report on the growing number of allegations of illegal government experimentation and use of these weapons on citizens worldwide, without their consent.

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