is produced were among the plunderers. Fortunately, the cargo, which was seized in Poltava, has been returned to the enterprise”, reported the Russian news service ITAR-TASS on April 9, 1992.

However, in “Soviet Active Measures in the ‘Post-Cold War’ Era 1988-1991 – A Report Prepared at the Request of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations by the United States Information Agency June 1992” our govern-ment experts said, “‘Red mercury’ is not ‘a strategic metal used in the production of nuclear weapons,’ as purported in the article, but a hoax.” 

What is this non-existent substance according to our government?  In the same report it is described as “a vital component in the detonation process of certain types of Soviet nuclear warheads and in the guidance systems of missiles. ... But independent experts say its alleged properties are scientific gobbledygook and that it has about as much strategic worth as the mercury in a household thermometer.”

Just who these “independent experts” are is not mentioned in this official government report, but none other than the inventor of the neutron bomb, Sam Cohen, believes Russia has developed such a red mercury device as do others in the nuclear field. Trying to discredit growing reports of red mercury, the government report quotes David Kay, the director of the Uranium Institute in London and the leader of the U.N. team sent to inspect Iraq's nuclear facilities after the Gulf war, “It became known as 'red mercury' purely because it was Russian. People are now trying to sell off ordinary mercury tainted with coloring."

Perhaps, but mercury compounds can range in color from a deep purple to white.  Also, certain mercury compounds are definitely equated with high energy explo-sions, such as mercury fulminate, a white to ocher colored compound.  Red mercury, purported to be mercury antimony oxide, is potentially even a gelatinous substance.
In the June 1994 issue of International Defense Review, a Russian nuclear chemist explained, “Red mercury is principally based on mercury antimony oxide… This chemical compound, a reddish dark brown or purple powder, is produced in relatively large quantities at a chemical factory in Ekaterinburg (Sverdlovsk).”

In an interview with Christopher Ruddy, Cohen said that when U.N. inspectors went to Iraq, the U.N. team found documents showing that they had purchased quantities of red mercury.  Kay, who led three IAEA (International Atomic Energy Administra-tion] inspection teams in Iraq, said his hosts told him they had two filing cabinet drawers stuffed with offers of red mercury.

Were they real?  The Bush team seems to privately believe so.  In October 2002, the President claimed that Iraq had unmanned aerial vehicles that could threaten the United States.  Could this be the “new s-megaton mini satellite [guided] rocket[s]” carrying nuclear weapons using red mercury discussed in last week’s column, “
Red Mercury WMD’s”?

Kirt Poovey, former gubernatorial candidate, firefighter, and business owner, is the author of Prophecy - 2024 - which can be purchased at He welcomes your comments at
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Government Denial of Red Mercury Bombs

By Kirt R. Poovey

“An attempt to take 180 kilograms of ‘red mercury’ - the strategic metal used in the production of nuclear weapons - out of the country has been foiled by the efforts of the Russian and Ukrainian militias.

“Militia Colonel Vladimir Puchnin, chief of the internal affairs directorate of Tambov Oblast today told a CRIME PRESS correspondent that workers at the Tambov plant where ‘red mercury’