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Fyodor Soloview




Can you imagine a railroad border patrol officer standing next to the sign “The United States of America” on one side, and “Russia” on the other!? This would become reality shortly after the year 2012. With decades of debates in the past, the consortium made up of the USA, Russia, Canada, Japan, the European Union and other interested countries agreed to create the most expensive joint project in world history. The Interhemispheric Bering Strait Railroad would be built to connect the railroads of the USA and Canada with the railroads of Russia, Asia, and Europe.

The most difficult question facing the consortium was how to connect the shores of the two continents (North America and Asia) in the most economical and effective way. They decided to use non-nuclear explosives to cause an underground explosion from coast to coast. The explosion would form an isthmus from the dirt of the Bering Strait a half a mile wide. The isthmus would also be strong enough to support the railroad and permanently separate the Arctic and Pacific Oceans.

The fishing industry anticipated the intensive growth of the fish population in the new areas of the Pacific Ocean. Alaska and Canada would also benefit from the new agricultural era on the west coast of America.

The isthmus between America and Asia was not a new geographical event in the Earth’s history. The last time it disappeared was over nine thousand years ago. Before it sank beneath the Pacific Ocean the Asian people had enough time to cross over to America and create hundreds of Indian nationalities on both continents of North and South America. The isthmus had been 650 miles wide eighteen thousand years ago. The isthmus had also been of great and utmost importance in the past and now the current population was ready to reestablish its importance.

Drilling holes in the bottom of the Bering Strait and filling them with explosive devices (dynamite) was the first step in constructing the isthmus. The explosion was scheduled for June 6, 2012, exactly one week before the next Russian Presidential Election. The day of the explosion was already designated as the most triumphal day in world history. On this historic day, the two continents would become one, uniting the borders of the USA and Russia. Completing the construction of the Inter Hemispheric Railroad would be the next step.

The consortium had arranged for the explosion to be captured by various television companies along with the major television networks. An estimated two billion viewers would be able to watch the explosion as it actually occurred. The consortium also sold air time over the Bering Strait to dirigible companies, who had planned for ten thousand viewers to watch the explosion from 500 feet in the air. The right to push the button was auctioned off to a Russian businessman for ten million dollars in order to increase revenue for the construction of the railroad.

The explosion everyone awaited was designed to be powerful enough to create land, but at the same time, accurate enough not to activate the seismological power of The Ring of Fire. Both Japanese and Californian scientists predicted that earthquakes would occur due to the explosion. The consortium and the various governments involved theoretically rejected this prediction because their primary interest was completing the railroad.

Only about thirty people in the world, all of them Russian, knew what was really going to happen on the day of explosion, June 6, 2012. Twenty-nine years ago, in 1983, Russian communists had completed the most important and secret preparation for World War III. They awaited the explosion because they knew it would happen almost 100 times more powerful than designed by the consortium. The detonation impact of the real explosion was going to activate all the seismological zones on the west coast of North America. California would then move to the ocean, and the gigantic waves were going to erase all signs of life from the coast.

But who would think anything bad about the Russian communists? The people will believe that the explosive devices were chosen incorrectly by the consortium. The consortium would get an even better and wider isthmus between America and Russia.

The coastline of the Russian Far East would also suffer from the explosion. The Russian people will blame the consortium and the Russian government ruled by Democrats for the explosion. They believed the Democrats wanted to build the railroad in order to ship cheap Russian resources out of the country to America and Western Europe. Because of all this, in a week, the Russian people will vote for the Communist president for sure. America will decline for decades after the earthquakes and Japan could be totally destroyed, but Russia will survive and will dominate in the world economy, continuing to build the railroad to America.

This plan created by the Russian communists was 100% perfect from the very beginning. Almost no one could ruin their plans and save America except two men. But no one listened to them, so they decided to do it on their own. But how did they find out about this secret plan? It was not a matter of chance. It was their fate.

The story begins in 1983.

The Russian strategy was to start the war first, destroy the USA, and to win the war. The nuclear power of missiles was not the Soviets only weapon. Their geological military scientists learned how to use the great power of the Earth and just wanted to help the Earth open up its power. So this is exactly what they did.

During 1982 and 1983 the Russians used a submarine to load the explosive devices into the key-holes that were drilled from coast to coast between Chukotka and Alaska through the Bering Strait. From the very beginning of the war, no matter who started it, the Russians planned to detonate the explosives to create the isthmus between the two continents. The power of the explosion would activate all the seismological zones on the American west coast destroying most of the American civilization and military bases.

After the explosion the Russians would use the new land as a bridge to move across Russian tanks to Alaska. Within hours they would be able to take Alaskan oil resources and declare Alaska back under the control of the Russian Republic. They showed the document that proved the sale of Alaska to America was just a sale of the Russian-American Trading Company, and the actual land was not included in 1857, but actually belonged to Russia. The company no longer existed. Alaskan land had always belonged to Russia.

Simultaneously Russian missiles would also reach the USA destroying other military targets within minutes. This was the plan, and the main part of the plan - loading the explosives under the Bering Strait- was fulfilled.

For months throughout 1982-1983, the Russian submarine worked at the bottom of the Bering Strait drilling the holes. The Pentagon was informed about the presence of the submarine close to American waters and sent American submarines to check-out the situation, but each time, the Russian submarine would vanish. The Pentagon didn’t understand what was going on. The only information the Pentagon had about the Russian submarine was the location it kept returning to. The submarine would return to the same location after the Americans left and then leave when the Americans were coming back to check-out the situation.

In order to get more information, the Pentagon decided to record the conversations between the Russian submarine and the Russian base on Sakhalin Island . This could only be done by flying into Russian airspace. Kevin, an employee of the Pentagon, was responsible for carrying out this mission. He suggested that two airplanes be used. One would be a passenger airplane with the recording apparatus on board, and the other would be the US Air Force RC-135 Reconnaissance plane. They would both have to enter Russian air space. If the Russians detected them immediately, they would most likely fire at the military plane rather than the civilian plane that was carrying all the recording apparatus on board. It never even occurred to Kevin that the civilian airplane would be lost to the Russians.

The Pentagon made a deal with Korean pilot Chon Byong, whose life had been saved in the Korean War by Americans. The recording devices had been installed at the beginning of the flight segment in New York on September 1, 1983. The person who installed the recording devices was an employee who normally performs routine checks of the lavatories. The flight continued on to Anchorage, Alaska and departed at 9:26 a.m. with 240 passengers aboard. On board were two Pentagon officers, 28 US citizens, 72 Koreans, 22 Japanese, 34 Taiwanese and numerous other people of different nationalities.

Before the two Pentagon officers left the passenger area of the airport, they shook hands with their associate who had installed the recording devices. One of them joked, “I hope the toilet will work perfectly on this flight.” Their associate respond, “If you will have time to use it.”

When the two tall Pentagon officers boarded the airplane following the short Koreans, the pilot Chon Byong said hello and took a long look at their broad backs before they took their seats in first class. He knew who they were.

The flight of the Boeing 747, as well as the military flight were being monitored and displayed on the screens at the Pentagon. At 11:30 a.m. the Korean pilot changed course, and entered into Russian air space. The two Americans glanced at each other and tightened their seat belts. The airplane was flying 600 miles an hour with an altitude of 32,800 feet.

At 11:56 a.m. the Russian destroyer SU-15 began following the Boeing 747. At 1:52 p.m. the Boeing was already 310 miles off course and very close to Sakhalin Island. About a half an hour later, the US Air Force Reconnaissance airplane crossed paths with the Korean Boeing trying to alert the attention of the Russian destroyer, and then flew back to the US border.

The information about the Korean Boeing in Russian air space reached the secret Russian Staff in Moscow who were in charge of the entire operation at the bottom of the Bering Strait. They used satellites and many other resources including American counterintelligence to conduct their business. They concluded that the Korean Boeing airplane entered the Russian air space in order to spy. The information the Russians would lose was top secret. The Russian Staff decided to shoot down the airplane.

At 2:25 p.m. both the Korean Boeing and the Russian SU-15 were cruising at an altitude of 35,000 feet. The ground control told the pilot of the Russian destroyer, “Take aim at the target.” The pilot responded, “Aim taken.” The ground control ordered, “Fire!” The pilot responded, “Fired.” At 2:26 p.m. the Boeing 747 was fired at by the heat-seeking missile called “ANAD.”

This tragedy tormented not only the families of the victims, but also Kevin. He realized that his decision approved by the Pentagon was not the right solution to accomplish their mission. Kevin felt responsible for the tragic event. The recording devices were also at the bottom of the Russian waters and Kevin knew that if they found the equipment it would be obvious that the Americans were spying.

After talking with his general, Kevin was even more upset than before. The general told him not to worry about the recording devices at the bottom of the Russian waters. “We did not install the recording devices at all,” he said, “we canceled the plan just before the airplane departed from New York.” “This is why,” Kevin asked, “our military plane turned back so quickly to American air space instead of following the Korean Boeing?”

“Yes,” the general answered, “we canceled the plan because we were afraid of being caught as spies if they shot down the military plane. Therefore, we ordered the military plane to turn back as soon as possible after it entered Russian air space. We couldn’t inform the Korean pilot to change course because all conversations were being monitored.”

“We don’t want you to feel responsible Kevin, we got results even without the recording,” the general continued. Kevin asked, “What results?” “The results are that we now know for sure that the Russians have a very top secret operation going on in the Bering Strait and we will focus our efforts on their submarine,” the general said. “We will now get more funding to build the satellite scanning system to record the information in the future, instead of your suggestion to use a civilian airplane as a decoy,” the general added.

Kevin’s job at the Pentagon was soon eliminated. He retired from the military feeling responsible for the deaths of the 269 passengers. There was no legitimate reason for their lives to be given for information about the Russian submarine operations in the Bering Strait.

After another ten years, the Cold War was over. The military games between the Pentagon and Russia changed from spying on each other in 1983 to the peaceful joint operations in Africa, South America and the Middle East. The past, however, was never released from the confidential folders or from memory. Kevin was ordered to keep all the information he learned while working at the Pentagon secret for the rest of his life. And he did, up until 2012.

It was May, 2012 and Kevin was now 61 years old. He was watching a television program on the construction of the Bering Isthmus. The creators showed how the holes were drilled by the international team of workers from the submarine. Kevin saw the scheme how the submarine moved from the American coast to the Russian coast. Move-stop, drill, load-move-stop, drill, load-move-stop....... From 1983 and on, this same scheme was stuck in his head and had been haunting him ever since. He got it! He finally figured out what they had done. They had loaded explosives under the Bering Strait in 1983 and the same explosives were still there. What would happen when the other explosion went off? The Communists would most likely plan their explosion for the same day and the result would be a massive explosion activating the seismological zones in America that the scientists had predicted from the debates about the quantity of explosives used.

He couldn’t tell anyone about his discovery. He then, however, decided to meet with two very special men. He wanted to ask them questions about the old days of 1983. This is how Kevin met Yegor, a 47 year old American citizen who was born Russian in Moscow and Sergey, a 51 year old American citizen also born in Russia. He obtained their addresses and telephone numbers and met with them in Anchorage, Alaska. They both were partners doing export business with Russia. They both had defected from the Russian island of Big Diomede on the same day in September of 1983. This also happened to be the day the Russian destroyer shot down the Korean Boeing 747.

In 1983, Yegor was an 18 year old Soviet citizen. The age that all Soviet men had to involuntarily enlist in the Soviet Army and serve two years. Yegor was opposed to enlisting. First of all, he didn’t want to be in the military. Secondly, he also didn’t want to serve for the communists whose ideology he admittedly hated. And more than anything, he dreamed of defecting from the USSR to live in America.

1983 was a time when any regular Soviet citizen could not leave the country by their own will. Yegor was one of these citizens. The USSR was a prison for all 280 million people. He thought about swimming through the Black Sea to Turkey, but he was afraid of drowning. He could run away crossing the forest border between Russia and Finland, but he could be killed by the border patrol guards. He could run into the Siberian forests and disappear, but what kind of life would that be. The police would find him sooner or later and he would be in prison for the rest of his life.

Freedom was constantly on Yegor’s mind. After thinking so much about freedom, Yegor came up with a great plan. He explained his plan to his girlfriend Olga and promised if he made it he would help her also. They talked of their plans of marrying one another in America and they both decided the plan he had was the best alternative. Instead of running away and not enlisting in the Soviet Army, he decided to join and become a border patrol guard. He thought if he became a border patrol guard it would be easier for him to defect from the USSR. He applied to serve on the border, but his fate would instead send him to serve on the Big Diomede Island in the Bering Strait.

He could not run to America from Big Diomede Island, but perhaps he could swim the four miles separating him from America or defect by boat. While Yegor was serving on Big Diomede Island the Russian destroyer shot down the Korean Boeing. A few hours after the shooting, everyone received an order to move from the island to the continent. The Staff wanted to take their boys out of the firing area. Yegor thought that this might be his last chance. There were also other military personnel on the island from a separate division of the military called Spetcnaz, whose mission was to provide information to the Staff in Moscow about the submarine. Sergey, who Kevin had just met, had also served on the island in the Spetcnaz special division.

Yegor decided to seize the opportunity and defect. He would never again be so close to America after being on the continent. In the evening, he jumped into the water and swam to the American Small Diomede Island.

He was not aware that the Russian satellite searched this particular area very closely. The Staff in Moscow got the picture of him swimming almost immediately. The Staff then phoned the Commander of the border patrol guards and he verified that one soldier was missing. The Staff could have Yegor killed instantly by sending out a motor boat with border patrol guards in it. But they had a different plan.

At that moment the helicopter began air-lifting the Spetcnaz soldiers. One of the soldiers was helping the others into the helicopter. When the last soldier was getting ready to step into the helicopter, he received an order to stay. The helicopter left without him. The soldier, Sergey, had a conversation with an officer inside the building headquarters. Suddenly, Sergey opened the door and ran away from the building and began screaming with his gun in his hand. He headed towards the motorboat and jumped in and followed Yegor. The officer had instructed several of the remaining soldiers to capture Sergey and Yegor.

As soon as Sergey spotted Yegor in the water, he shouted out to him, “I am your friend. I am going to defect with you to America. I’ll help you. Jump in!” Yegor had no other choice but to take his advice. They then saw another motor boat that was approaching them. Sergey shot at them and probably killed or wounded a few of the border patrol guards in the other boat. The two successfully reached the American Small Diomede Island and told the Americans there that they had just defected from the USSR. Sergey and Yegor asked to apply for political asylum. The Americans helped them and sent them to Anchorage, Alaska.

Yegor and Sergey were interviewed by the court and were granted political asylum. Five years later, in 1992, they became citizens of the United States of America. Yegor brought his girlfriend Olga to America and married her. Sergey married an American woman. They all lived in Anchorage, Alaska and became very good friends. After Peristroika in the USSR, Yegor and Sergey formed a business together and began doing business with Russia. Sergey was more successful in obtaining business contacts for their company and Yegor worked with computers doing the bookkeeping, advertising and inventory.

Kevin learned about their story being at the Pentagon. He was later surprised by the fact that the Pentagon didn’t pay much attention to Yegor and Sergey. But, after the deadly accident, the Pentagon didn’t want to pay any attention to the events surrounding September 1, 1983.

It wasn’t hard for Kevin to find the two men in America. Kevin telephoned them and asked to meet with them. They agreed to meet at a bar. Kevin introduced himself as an independent scientist interested in learning more about the geological future of America after the explosion. He changed the conversation to their past, and listened to their story again. Kevin was surprised after Yegor told him the final idea to defect from the island came into his head after he received the order to move from the island to the continent. “Why did this occur to you immediately after the shooting of the Korean Boeing 747?” Kevin asked.

After having several drinks, Yegor admitted that he thought there was some connection between his duties and the accident in the air. “We provided the network with the submarine, but Sergey may know more about that than I do,” Yegor said.

Sergey didn’t have much to say. He didn’t feel there was anything worthwhile to say about the past. After this, Kevin told them exactly what he thought about the entire situation. He proposed that the Russian submarine loaded the explosive devices at the bottom of the Bering Strait in 1983, and after the explosion in a few weeks, those devices were going to activate simultaneously. In the end, the west coast of America was going to be destroyed after all.

Sergey wasn’t interested in any of this. Yegor, on the other hand, was very interested and wasn’t quite convinced that Sergey wasn’t interested. After dinner, Yegor and Sergey talked privately. Yegor told Sergey that on the explosion day many top Russian officials from the Russian Far East had suddenly been invited to various press conferences and meetings in Moscow. The summer of 2012 was named the “Summer of the Russian Children,” in Russia. Many of the children from the Russian Far East received free tickets to spend their summer at resorts on the Black Sea. Children along with their parents were leaving around the end of May, just before the explosion was scheduled to occur. This is why many of Sergey’s and Yegor’s business contacts had been canceled this month.

“Anchorage, our business, and our homes could all be destroyed during the earthquake,” Yegor said. “You are lucky,” he told Sergey, “You just sold your house and you will be in Miami during the explosion. I will be here in Anchorage running our business.” “Don’t worry,” replied Sergey, “Kevin is just another one of those crazy people.”

Kevin called Yegor at home and suggested that they all three make the dive in the Bering Strait to locate the explosives. Kevin offered to pay the expenses and to find a metal detector to use at the bottom. Yegor and Sergey agreed and the three men departed to Nome, Alaska. From there, they rented a boat and diving gear and began their search at the bottom of the Bering Strait.

A few days later, Kevin detected impulses that the metal detector gave off from a large metal object. Sergey said the reaction was probably from the metallic part of an old ship or from the explosive capsule the consortium had installed.

Kevin told Yegor and Sergey that he was going to call the Pentagon and let them know what was going on.

Kevin decided to make one more trip underwater. Sergey followed Kevin and ripped his mask off and Kevin drowned. When Sergey surfaced from the bottom, he told Yegor that Kevin’s death was an accident and most likely he was just to old to be diving.

Yegor was convinced that they had found the Soviet explosive missile. Sergey left a few days later for his trip to Miami. The following day, Yegor discovered that all the money from their joint business account was gone and that their suppliers were paid in advance. Yegor concentrated his efforts on their business problems.

Yegor found time, however, to call the Pentagon from his office and describe what had happened. He said that he knew everything about the crash of the Korean Boeing 747 from Kevin, but Kevin was now dead.

Yegor’s conversation with the Pentagon was transmitted to Moscow to the Staff’s bunker. The general of the Staff ordered a hit on Yegor.

Yegor was angry with Sergey for transferring all their money in advance to their suppliers. He started thinking badly of Sergey, and suddenly after remembering how they met, Yegor came to the conclusion that Sergey might be a Russian spy. The double explosion could become a reality if Yegor didn’t make it his job to figure out what was going on.

This all changed Yegor’s mind about concentrating his efforts on the business. He left the office and within a few minutes his computer blew up. He left at just the right time.

Yegor met with the Director of the explosion show and told him his story. The Director sent Yegor away and told him that it would be too expensive to interrupt or cancel the show. The consortium wouldn’t hear of such a possibility. Yegor purchased a three thousand dollar ticket for a seat on one of the dirigibles where the main button of the explosive device was located.

The Pentagon began investigating and connecting the events surrounding 1983 and 2012. They all agreed that if what Kevin told Yegor was true and what Yegor had told them was true, that someone from Russia in fact had access to the dead button of the double explosion. If the Pentagon publicly announced these facts or searched the bottom of the Bering Strait, the Russians would undoubtedly activate the explosion earlier than scheduled to insure the completion of the operation.

The Pentagon phoned Yegor at his office, but no one answered. They checked the place Sergey was staying in Florida, but the hotel manager confirmed that Sergey never showed up and his reservations had been canceled. They phoned the airlines and found out that Sergey never used his ticket and had disappeared.

The man who purchased the right to push the button, could push it during a 15 minute interval while the television viewers watched. This is why the Russian agent had to be present in the dirigible so he could watch the millionaire and push the button simultaneously from the air.

The show was scheduled to begin at noon, June 6, 2012. This day was also the birthday of the great Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin, whom the Russians greatly adored.

Yegor met the Russian millionaire and was able to converse with him in their native language of Russian. After Yegor explained the situation, the millionaire replied, “What can I do to help you, man, I bought this button for 10 million dollars. I don’t care about the west coast of America, I sell Russian coal and I need this railroad connected to America, Asia and Europe. I need this explosion regardless of the consequences.”

Yegor suggested his plan to the millionaire. To find out who will be pushing the second button, the millionaire will have to announce that he wants to postpone the explosion until next week after the Russian presidential election. But, if someone paid him a million dollars, he would continue with the show and push it today. The Russian millionaire agreed to this plan. Yegor and the Russian millionaire thought that if the Soviet agent was on board the dirigible he would come forward and pay a million dollars to make sure the explosion went according to schedule.

They followed this plan. There were different television companies everywhere monitoring the event. The whole world was watching as the millionaire gave his speech. He emphasized the importance of the railroad and told the viewers that the explosion could encourage the Russian voters to vote for someone else. He told them he had purchased the right to push the button and the Consortium couldn’t take his right away.

The audience was extremely mad. People were screaming profanities at him. They had paid so much money to be present at the event. “Khorosho, O.K.,” the Russian said, “I will push the button now if someone will pay me 1 million dollars.” After silence broke over the crowd, an old man made his way forward. The television cameras showed his face on the screens that had been set up around the explosion. The Pentagon was connected by satellite and saw his face and obtained his name within minutes. They ran him through the computer. He was still on file from the 80’s. Now the Pentagon was absolutely sure about the double explosion.

Yegor was also sure because he recognized the old man’s face. He had been an officer on the island in 1983 who was in charge of the Spetcnaz soldiers.

Yegor approached the Russian general. The general immediately recognized Yegor. Yegor’s entire life flashed before his eyes. “You got what you want,” the general said. “American citizenship, your business, money, and freedom. We helped you escape the country instead of killing you in the water when we had the chance. Give us our chance. You are here in the air and your life is safe. You are Russian after all. Help us make Russia first in the world. We need to complete the mission now.”

The general wrote the check to the Russian millionaire. The t.v. cameras were filming the millionaire as he prepared to push the button.

At the same time, a Pentagon helicopter attached itself to the dirigible. Yegor wanted to explain something more to the general about the double explosion, but he didn’t have time because he was suddenly injured by a different man on the dirigible. The stray bullets that were fired by the man punctured the dirigible and this caused a lot of turbulence. No one noticed that the millionaire pushed the button. Nothing happened, there were no noises and the explosion didn’t occur. The Pentagon had changed the frequency of the transmitter.

The dirigible was stabilized by the helicopter above. The cameras were unable to capture any of the footage because of all the turbulence and confusion on board the dirigible. The Pentagon ordered the consortium presidents to push the button of the explosion from the headquarters in Washington. They all put their fingers on the button and pushed it simultaneously and smiled. The explosion finally occurred and the cameras from one of the other dirigibles captured the birth of the new earth.

The dirigible that Yegor and the general were on began to lose stability and the helicopter could no longer hold it in the air. The helicopter pilot radioed Alaskan headquarters and asked where the nearest landing pad was located. He received an order to land the helicopter on the new land beneath them.

The helicopter landed on the new isthmus and everyone got out. There were no casualties, but no one would ever forget the frightening incident. The Russian general pulled out his remote and was ready to push the button to set off the second explosion. He knew he would kill everyone including himself, but to destroy America was his lifelong dream. Yegor looked at the Russian general, but he couldn’t stop him from pushing the button because he was wounded. Suddenly shooting broke out.

Sergey, who was the man on the dirigible that wounded Yegor, shot the Russian general to save his own life. Sergey knew that the Russian general was going to follow through with his plans to blow up America. Sergey approached Yegor and said, “Sorry, my friend, I had to shoot you. The general gave me the orders. My life is different now, I am American and I love America.” Sergey took the remote and tossed it into the ocean.

One of the passengers had found an American flag that had been attached to the cabin wall of the dirigible. He decided to place the flag in the dirt. The flag was a symbol of the new American land.

The Russian millionaire had paid ten million dollars to push the button of the explosion. Since he hadn’t been the one to push the button he looked into the camera and asked, “Do I get my money back?” Knowing that he wasn’t going to get his money back, he took out the check from the Russian general and said, “At least this is some sort of compensation.”

The helicopter flew the wounded passengers, Yegor, and the dead general back to the continent. Sergey was arrested and also flew back with them to the continent. Yegor looked out the window and saw the new land below them, which was nothing more than just rock and dirt. The isthmus was a thin line of land joining the two continents.


Anchorage, Alaska


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The Isthmus by Fyodor Soloview. Design: Andrey Ayoshin.