Skip to comments.Russians employed at Iranís Bushehr nuclear reactor suddenly depart in a body..
Posted on 10/01/2007 9:29:57 AM PDT by AU72
The Khorramshar News Agency, which is published by the ethnic Arab underground of Irans oil-rich Khuzestan, reported early Oct. 1 that the entire staff of Russian nuclear engineers and experts employed in building the nuclear reactor at Bushehr had abruptly packed their bags Friday, Sept. 28, and flew back to Russia. The agencys one-liner offers no source or explanation. DEBKAfile have obtained no corroboration of its report from any other source.
The story appears to have originated with the ethnic Arabs who live near the reactor or who come in contact with its Russian staff. If true, DEBKAfile can offer three hypothetical scenarios to account for the Russians precipitate departure:
1. Another crisis has cropped up in the patchy Russian-Iranian dealings over the Bushehr reactor. This is unlikely because Russian president Vladimar Putin is due for a high-profile visit to Tehran on Oct. 16, when he plans to sign a series of nuclear accords with the Islamic Republic. Furthermore, Moscow, like Beijing, stands foursquare behind Irans efforts to delay harsher sanctions for its continued uranium enrichment. Only this week, the two powers gained Iran two to three months grace by forcing a delay in the UN Security Council session that was to have approved a third round of sanctions.
2. Moscow or Tehran has been tipped off that a US or Israeli attack is imminent on the Bushehr plant and Irans other nuclear installations and acted to whip Russian personnel out of harms way.
3. Moscow has learned that an Iranian pre-emptive attack is imminent against American targets in Iraq and the Persian Gulf and/or Israel.
Aside from these hypothetical scenarios, DEBKAfiles Iranian sources report that the Khorramshar News Agency keeps its ear to the ground on happenings in Bushehr, because it is claimed by Khuzistan separatists as Arab land which they will fight to liberate from Iranian occupation.
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I dunno...Debka’s been right on the money lately.
They must have had Polonium 210 salad dressing for lunch..........
If something big was coming up there would be other clues to look out for such as national leaders canceling scheduled events and heading back to their capitols.
October surprise bump.
Could be the reason I got so sun burned this weekend.
At least the credibility of that source is on a par with the credibility of Al-AP and Al-Reuters...
Fair point, one with historical records to back it up.
The problem is you never know when the ‘historical norm’ becomes ‘what used to happen’.
Hey Boris, what say we unass this place before the amis reduce it to a glowing hole in the desert?
I’m with you Sergei - one more vodka hit and we’re outta here - let the ragheads deal with it!
Little Hitler has promised something big for Oct. 12th. Nutjob may be dumb enough to try something as he wants to hasten the return of the hidden imam. I would rather we give him a ticket to his 72 virgins before he can cause more trouble.
That’s what I was thinkin’ - if this is true (unlikely as it s DEBKA), then their paychecks musta bounced once too often...
I thought this was an interesting story - until I saw the source.
Didn't that skit end with Dan Akroyd doing Jimmy Carter?
What’s the Russian for “unass the AO” ?
I wonder if this scientist tracking is related.
Spy Officials Tracking Key Scientists
It’s probably true, and I’m voting for number 1, a “crisis in Russian-Iranian relations.” Russia withdrew all its personnel suddenly a few months ago, apparently because Iran had defaulted on its payments for the reactor or the material. The Iranians resumed payment and the Russians came back. I’m sure that’s what’s going on in this case, too.