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The Lockheed AC-130 is a C-130 cargo plane converted into a gunship. The port side of the AC-130 houses firing ports for an array of cannons, howitzers and gatling guns.
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AC-130s missions are often coordinated by JTAC units on the ground, usually by USAF Combat Controllers (CCTs).
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Spectre of the Gun
- Episode aired Oct 25, 1968
As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic ... Read all As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral. As punishment for ignoring their warning and trespassing on their planet, the Melkot condemn Capt. Kirk and his landing party to the losing side of a surreal recreation of the 1881 historic gunfight at the OK Corral.
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- Gene L. Coon
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- William Shatner
- Leonard Nimoy
- DeForest Kelley
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- Captain James Tiberius 'Jim' Kirk
- Mister Spock
- Virgil Earp
- Morgan Earp
- Doc Holliday
- Johnny Behan
- Lieutenant Hadley
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- Trivia The original script called for filming on an outdoor location but, due to budget constraints, filming took place in the studio. These constraints also prevented the set designers from building a complete Western town and the concept of pieces of a town drawn from Kirk's mind was developed.
- Goofs As the Earps and Doc Holliday walk four abreast to the O.K. Corral, their order changes several times, from shot to shot, with no visible change of order by the actors. It starts with Doc Holliday moving from far left to left center to far right, all shots, always four abreast, in a straight line across.
Capt. Kirk : In the late nineteenth century in Arizona, two factions fought for control of the town Tombstone. The Earps - Morgan, Virgil and Wyatt - who were the town marshals, along with Doc Holliday.
Spock : And the Clanton gang. On October 26th, they... had it out.
Chekov : Who won?
Capt. Kirk : The Clantons lost, Mr. Chekov.
Chekov : And we... are... the Clantons?
- Alternate versions Special Enhanced version Digitally Remastered with new exterior shots and remade opening theme song
- Connections Featured in William Shatner's Star Trek Memories (1995)
- Soundtracks Theme Music credited to Alexander Courage Sung by Loulie Jean Norman
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- Jun 12, 2009
- October 25, 1968 (United States)
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- 1.2 Act One
- 1.3 Act Two
- 1.4 Act Three
- 1.5 Act Four
- 2 Log entries
- 3 Memorable quotes
- 4.1 Story and script
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- 4.4 Cast and characters
- 4.5 Continuity
- 4.6 Production timeline
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- 5.1 Starring
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- 5.4 Uncredited co-stars
- 5.5 References
- 5.6 Tombstone Epitaph references
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Summary [ ]
On a mission on behalf of the Federation to establish contact with the reclusive and xenophobic Melkotians , Captain Kirk decides to ignore the message of a space buoy warning the USS Enterprise to immediately withdraw from Melkotian space and go back the way it came. Kirk hears the warning in English , but Spock, Chekov and Uhura hear it in Vulcan , Russian , and Swahili ; their respective native languages. This leads the crew to deduce the message was transmitted telepathically. Kirk orders Uhura to further contact the Melkotians, but there is no response.
When Spock, Kirk, Scott , Dr. McCoy , and Ensign Chekov beam down to the Melkotian planet , they materialize in a fog bank not recorded by sensors. Their tricorders and communicators do not function. The landing party encounters a Melkotian. The Melkotian emerges from the fog and tells the Enterprise officers that their warning was plain, they have disregarded it, and will now be punished.
Act One [ ]
The Melkotian informs them that they are "outside" – a disease that must be destroyed. They learn that their trespassing is to be punished by death and how they will die will be taken from Kirk's mind, since it was he who ordered that the Melkotians' warning be disregarded. The Malkotian tells Kirk that " yours shall be the pattern of your death. "
The landing party suddenly finds itself teleported to a facade of a 19th century American frontier town, albeit one with a dark red sky. All of their Starfleet equipment is gone, and instead each now has an Old West -style gunbelt and revolver . They observe the curious "incompleteness" of the town: buildings with only a front wall, with others open to the air on the sides and back; as well as signs and clocks strangely hanging in mid-air. (In fact, the town looks similar to a set one would see in either a 20th century movie or a theater play .) Kirk reads from a copy of the Tombstone Epitaph , a newspaper with the date of October 26th, 1881 . Kirk wonders "Why here? And why now?" Spock notes that the time and place is based on the patterns of Kirk's memories. A man with a sheriff 's badge greets them, acting as though he knew them well. He refers to Kirk as Ike, Spock as Frank, Scott as Billy, and McCoy as Tom. Recognizing the sheriff's name, Johnny Behan , Kirk quickly puts the names together. Ike Clanton , Frank McLowery , Tom McLowery , William Claiborne and Billy Clanton . He further recalls that the Clantons were one of the factions who fought for control of the town of Tombstone; the other being the Earps: Wyatt , Morgan , and Virgil , who were the town marshals , as well as "Doc" Holliday . Spock notes that the famous gunfight of the O.K. Corral took place on October 26, 1881 and that the Clantons lost. Kirk warns that the antique guns they all are carrying can be as deadly as phasers at close range.
They witness the shooting of a bar patron by Morgan Earp, and conclude that death is one thing that is real in this surreal scenario. Inside the bar, Chekov is accosted by a woman named Sylvia who claims to know him as Billy. Kirk recognizes Morgan as the man who kills on sight, and rises to confront him. Spock cautions him to back down, without moving a muscle, as he would be quickly gunned down in a "fast draw." Kirk says he does not want any trouble from Earp, but Earp says he will get them to draw soon enough, and then leaves.
Kirk and Spock discuss what is expected to happen based on history, that they are supposed to be killed at the OK Corral at 5:00 p.m. Kirk says that they will not be there. Kirk tries to convince Ed the bartender vehemently that he is not Ike Clanton, that he and his group are from the future, Kirk is the captain of a starship, but to no avail. The bartender tells him it makes no difference who he thinks he is, but rather whom the Earps think he is, while walking away still laughing.
Kirk then attempts to make peace with the Earps, saying there is a mistake. Virgil Earp says that he always felt the Clantons were "yellow" and then hits Kirk. Kirk strikes him back, Wyatt Earp then draws on Kirk, but Virgil stops him. Wyatt Earp warns Kirk that if he is in town at 5:01 p.m., the Earps will kill them.
Act Two [ ]
Kirk returns to the bar, and discusses what options they have with Spock, McCoy and Scotty. Kirk and the landing party try to leave town, but they are stopped by a force field . Spock notes that the Melkotians will not allow them to leave. Recognizing that they must fight, Kirk asks if they can find some way to stop the Earps using materials at hand in this recreation of Tombstone. McCoy and Spock cooperate to build a tranquilizer gas grenade which will incapacitate the Earps. McCoy encounters the town dentist, "Doc" Holliday, while acquiring the chemicals needed for the tranquilizer, asking to borrow a small quantity for a serious emergency. Holliday tells McCoy that his "emergency sure is real", and lets him take the chemical, but warns him to be finished by 5:00 p.m., because at "one minute past five, you'll find a hole in your head". Holliday then points his gun at McCoy to confirm this.
Meanwhile, Chekov has fallen in love with Sylvia, telling her outside the general store that he is looking forward eagerly to the dance next week. Sylvia asks if they can turn the dance into a wedding ball, but Chekov says that would not be possible, because he is not someone she could marry. The two share a passionate kiss, but then Morgan Earp appears and knocks Chekov down, and starts to walk Sylvia away. When Chekov gets up and shouts at Morgan to get his hands off Sylvia, Chekov draws for his gun, then is shot and killed by Morgan. Sylvia screams, which alerts Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Scotty. They come out onto the street, as do the Earps. McCoy examines Chekov and tells Kirk that there is nothing he can do. Wyatt tells Kirk to " Do it now, " and Scotty says that they must do something. Kirk however says that it's not yet time and they are not prepared.
Act Three [ ]
Back in the bar, McCoy and Spock work on the gas grenade. McCoy and Scotty give Spock a hard time for not showing any feelings over Chekov's death, as Scotty points out, he and Chekov worked closely together on the Enterprise . Kirk asks the two of them to stop but Spock notes that they forget he is half-Human. Spock observes that Chekov as Billy Claiborne died, but in the actual gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Billy survived. Kirk takes it to mean that the outcome of the conflict does not necessarily correspond with the historical outcome.
Kirk finds the sheriff and asks him to stop the fight, but Behan says that no one wants to stop the fight, and that it is a little late for Kirk to decide he "does not have the belly" for it. The sheriff tells Kirk that the people in the town are counting on Kirk to get rid of the Earps for them, and that no one would deny them their revenge for killing Billy. Kirk angrily says they just can't just kill them, but the sheriff says that there will be no questions asked as Kirk puts his hands around his neck . Upon seeing he will get no help from the sheriff, Kirk walks away.
With time running out, Scotty volunteers to test McCoy and Spock's gas grenade. Despite McCoy and Spock's careful preparation, it does not work — even when Scotty deeply inhales it. Spock finally realizes that nothing around them is real and that the entire scenario has been taking place in their minds.
Kirk vows they will not leave the bar until "well after 5 o'clock", but suddenly finds himself and the others teleported to the O.K. Corral where they cannot leave either, as it is surrounded by force fields.
Act Four [ ]
The corral is encircled by a force field so that escape is impossible. Spock, realizing this situation is only as real as their minds accept it to be, tries to convince the others that if they recognize that the situation is not real, they will not die and Kirk observes that the "smallest doubt" would be enough to kill them, just as it had killed Chekov. McCoy argues that they don't have that "clockwork ticker" in their heads like Spock, that they can't just turn it off and on at will. Kirk says that they must. Using a mind meld , Spock is able to convince everyone else that the bullets are not real, they are merely "shadows" and "illusions"; and "spectres without body… to be ignored."
The Earps arrive and demand that the ersatz Clantons draw, but the landing party refuses. The Earps begin shooting when Kirk reaches for his gun, but the bullets harmlessly pass right through the landing party, hitting the fence behind them. When the Earps deplete their ammunition, Kirk attacks Wyatt Earp and knocks him to the ground. Kirk draws his gun, and is about to shoot him, but upon seeing the abject terror in Wyatt's eyes, he releases him. The Earps then all fade and vanish.
Suddenly, the landing party finds themselves back on the bridge of the Enterprise . Chekov is alive and well, sitting at his station , and wonders "Where have I been?" Kirk suggests they have been on the bridge the whole time, and that Chekov survived because the only thing that was real to him was the girl. The Melkotian buoy once again appears on the main viewscreen directly in front of them, begins to emit M-rays beyond measurable levels, and then explodes. A Melkotian then appears on the viewscreen, noting that Kirk did not kill. Kirk explains that they fight only when there is no choice, and prefer peaceful contact. The Melkotian is silent for a moment, as if considering Kirk's explanation, then extends an invitation to establish relations with the Federation – asking Kirk to send a delegation to the planet.
Spock then asks Kirk a "personal" question: did he actually want to kill the Earps? Kirk agrees that is exactly how it was that afternoon, and how it was in 1881. Spock wonders how Humanity managed to survive. Kirk says that Humans overcame their instinct for violence, receiving a doubting look from Spock as he moves back to his console . The Enterprise then begins its orbit of Melkot.
Log entries [ ]
- Captain's log, USS Enterprise (NCC-1701), 2268
Memorable quotes [ ]
" History cannot be changed. "
" Is this a dead man, doctor? " " Very dead, Mr. Spock. "
" I always said you was yellow, Clanton. " " I'll make one more attempt to get through to you, Mr. Earp. My name is not Clanton; it's Kirk. " " Oh, yeah. We heard the talk about your jokes. " " I'm not joking. " " Sure. Well, I'm glad to meet you, Mr. Kirk! "
" We don't want any trouble. We'll be glad to co-operate. " " Five o'clock, Clanton. Is that clear? If you're in town at 5:01, we'll kill every one of you whether you draw or not. Is that clear? "
" The emergency is real. I need these things. " " Your emergency sure is real. Go on, take the stuff. Have some more fun. Take my bag. Only best you be finished before five o'clock. " " That is my intention, Doctor. " " Because at one minute past five, you'll find a hole in your head. Right from this gun. "
" Captain, it's quite all right. They forget I am half Human. "
" It's to kill the pain. " " But this is painless. " " Well, you should've warned me sooner, Mr. Spock. Fire away. "
" Physical reality is consistent with universal laws. Where the laws do not operate, there is no reality. "
" Ten minutes, and it's all going to end at the OK Corral. Well, we're going to wait right here until well after five o'clock. We're not going to move from this spot! "
" We don't have that clockwork ticker in our head like you do. We can't turn it on and off. "
" I wonder how Humanity managed to survive. " " We overcame our instinct for violence. "
Background information [ ]
Story and script [ ].
- The story outline titled "The Last Gunfight" was dated 18 March 1968 and submitted 22 March 1968 . The outline was retyped and dated to 19 April 1968 and submitted to NBC for approval on 22 April 1968 by Fred Freiberger .  The revised final draft was dated 14 May 1968 , and filmed in late May.
- James Blish 's adaptation in Star Trek 3 has the title as "The Last Gunfight". Among the differences in the adaptation, the tranquilizer is delivered via darts; whereas in the episode, it is in the form of a nerve gas.
- The writing of this episode was influenced by a series of memos which were sent between Gene Roddenberry and the executives at NBC, by the end of the second season, and which proposed that Chekov be featured in the third season more than he had been, up to that point. ( Cinefantastique , Vol. 22, No. 5, p. 40)
- The episode originally aired only one day before the 87th anniversary of the original gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Production [ ]
- Clocking in at approximately five minutes and 25 seconds, this episode's teaser is the second longest in the original series, lasting 10 seconds shorter than the teaser for " I, Mudd ".
- This was the first episode produced for season three. As such, it was the first episode produced to feature blue text, rather than the yellow of the first two seasons, in the opening credits sequence.
- A very subtle change in the third season was the use of new sound effects for the pushing of buttons on the bridge.
- Another difference this episode brings is the "singing plant" background noise from " The Cage ", used for nearly every planet in seasons one and two, is replaced here by a warbly sound used before on the planet Triskelion. This will again be used intermittently throughout season three – for example, in " For the World is Hollow and I Have Touched the Sky " and " The Cloud Minders ".
- Jerry Fielding 's unique score adds atmosphere to this episode. When the villains are first seen in the saloon, Fielding has the piano play stereotypical "menace" notes and a bizarre rendition of "Buffalo Gals". Fielding's other Star Trek contribution was his score for " The Trouble with Tribbles ".
- A short clip in the third season blooper reel shows the Melkotian head wearing a fake mustache and horn-rimmed glasses. ( Star Trek: Lost Scenes ) Writing in an issue of the fan magazine Enterprise Incidents , James Van Hise said that the glasses belonged to co-producer Robert H. Justman .
Sets and props [ ]
- The original script specified filming the episode on location in an outdoor Western town. However, due to budget restrictions, filming was confined to the regular studio stages. To avoid having to build a complete Western town set, the concept of an incomplete town, put together from "bits and pieces" out of Kirk's mind, was developed — therefore allowing the episode to be filmed within budget. ( The Star Trek Compendium ; Inside Star Trek: The Real Story , p. 403)
- This is TOS's only foray into surrealism, with unique set designs by Matt Jefferies .
- The sign that says SHERIFF has an identical font to the show's main titles. 
- Mike Minor was the designer of the Melkotian 's mask.
Cast and characters [ ]
- George Takei ( Sulu ) does not appear in this episode.
- According to an interview in The World of Star Trek , James Doohan intensely disliked the back combed hairstyle he debuted in this episode, which was not his own choice. By the filming of " The Tholian Web ", this style is gone for good, though viewers would see it again in " The Empath " and " Elaan of Troyius ", which weren't aired until December of that year.
- Several of the actors in this episode, including DeForest Kelley and Charles Seel , acted extensively in Westerns throughout their careers. Kelley previously played Ike Clanton in a 1955 episode of You Are There and Morgan Earp in the 1957 film Gunfight at the O.K. Corral .
- Rex Holman ( Morgan ) later played the settler J'onn in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier .
Continuity [ ]
- This is one of three episodes that confirm Uhura's native language of Swahili (the other two being " The Man Trap " and " The Changeling ").
- This is the second time that McCoy believes he cannot be harmed by a weapon (this time due to Spock's convincing in a meld); the first time, when he stands his ground as the Black Knight charges him in " Shore Leave ", this strategy was unsuccessful, as the weapon (a lance) was physically real, not merely an illusion.
- This is the only episode to end with the Enterprise heading toward a planet rather than heading off into space.
- Star Trek characters revisited the Old West in TNG : " A Fistful of Datas ". That episode used outdoor sets, something the Original Series episode was unable to achieve due to budget constraints.
- Before the release of the new Star Trek movie franchise by J.J. Abrams , this episode was the only time in any Star Trek series or film in which James T. Kirk is referred to as "Mr. Kirk" rather than his usual title of Captain (and later Admiral ) Kirk.
Production timeline [ ]
- Story pitch by Lee Cronin , titled "Execution, 1872", 6 March 1968
- Story outline by Cronin, titled "The Last Gunfight", 18 March 1968
- Story outline re-dated to 19 April 1968
- Submitted to NBC for approval on 22 April 1968 by Fred Freiberger
- First draft teleplay, 30 April 1968
- Second draft teleplay, 9 May 1968
- Revised first draft teleplay, 10 May 1968
- Final draft teleplay by Arthur Singer , 14 May 1968
- Additional page revisions by Fred Freiberger , 16 May 1968 , 17 May 1968 , 20 May 1968 , 22 May 1968 , 24 May 1968 , 27 May 1968 , 28 May 1968 ,
- Filmed: 21 May 1968 – 29 May 1968
- Score recording, 5 July 1968
- Original airdate, 25 October 1968
- Rerun airdate, 4 April 1969
- First UK airdate 15 September 1971
Video and DVD releases [ ]
- Original US Betamax release: 1988
- UK VHS release (two-episode tapes, CIC Video ): Volume 29 , catalog number VHR 2381, 3 September 1990
- US VHS release: 15 April 1994
- UK re-release (three-episode tapes, CIC Video): Volume 3.1, 1 September 1997
- Original US DVD release (single-disc): Volume 28, 10 July 2001
- As part of the TOS Season 3 DVD collection
- As part of the TOS-R Season 3 DVD collection
Links and references [ ]
Starring [ ].
- William Shatner as Kirk / Ike Clanton
Also starring [ ]
- Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock / Frank McLowery
- DeForest Kelley as Dr. McCoy / Tom McLowery
- Ron Soble as Wyatt Earp
- Bonnie Beecher as Sylvia
- James Doohan as Scott / Billy Clanton
- Walter Koenig as Chekov / William Claiborne
- Nichelle Nichols as Uhura
- Charles Maxwell as Virgil Earp
- Rex Holman as Morgan Earp
- Sam Gilman as Doc Holliday
- Charles Seel as Ed
- Bill Zuckert as Johnny Behan
- Ed McCready as Barber
- Abraham Sofaer as Melkotian Voice
Uncredited co-stars [ ]
- Richard Anthony as Rider ( deleted scene )
- William Blackburn as Hadley
- Charles Cirillo as illusory bar patron
- James Doohan as Melkotian buoy voice
- Roger Holloway as Roger Lemli
- Jeannie Malone as yeoman
- Bob Orrison as Cowboy
- Gregg Palmer as Rancher (deleted scene)
- Eddie Paskey as Leslie
- Two bar patrons
- Morgan Earp's victim
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Tombstone Epitaph references [ ]
1930s ; bicycle ; chief counsel ; Commerce Department ; depression ; dollar ; economy ; election ; Europe ; furnishing ; gent ; gold ; month ; quarter ; Skipworth and Co ; social hall ; town ; year
External links [ ]
- "Spectre of the Gun" at StarTrek.com
- " Spectre of the Gun " at Memory Beta , the wiki for licensed Star Trek works
- " Spectre of the Gun " at Wikipedia
- " Spectre of the Gun " at MissionLogPodcast.com , a Roddenberry Star Trek podcast
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Specter 1882 [ | ]
Description [ | ].
Revolutionary pump-action shotgun with long barrel, able to fire shells in rapid succession. Reloading the internal magazine takes time, due to its clunky, unrefined loading sequence.
Information [ | ]
- Bulletgrubber - Recover unfired round when performing partial reloads (applies to Specter, Mosin-Nagant and Dolch 96 variants).
- Iron Devastator - Remain in iron sights between shots using shotguns.
Gallery [ | ]
Firing using iron sights
Book of Weapons [ | ]
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Sawn-off, rapid firing, pump action shotgun. Wider spread, but shorter range.
Informations [ | ]
Using iron sights
Specter 1882 Dragonbreath [ | ]
Specter 1882 Bayonet [ | ]
Rapid firing, pump action shotgun with medium barrel. Tooled up with sharp knife bayonet for close combat.
- Iron Devastator - Remain in iron sights between shots using pump-action shotguns.
Light melee with depleted stamina
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Moscow-City: 7 surprising facts about the Russian capital’s business center
1. Guinness World Record in highlining
The record was set in 2019 by a team of seven athletes from Russia, Germany, France and Canada. They did it on September 8, on which the ‘Moscow-City Day’ is celebrated. The cord was stretched at the height of 350 m between the ‘OKO’ (“Eye”) and ‘Neva Towers’ skyscrapers. The distance between them is 245 m. The first of the athletes to cross was Friede Kuhne from Germany. The athletes didn't just walk, but also performed some daredevil tricks. Their record is 103 meters higher than the previous one set in Mexico City in December 2016.
2. Domination of Europe's top-10 highest skyscrapers
7 out of 10 Europe’s highest skyscrapers are located in Moscow-City. Earlier, the ‘Federation Tower’ complex’s ‘Vostok’ (“East”) skyscraper was the considered the tallest in Europe.
Left to right: the lower of the ‘Neva Towers’ (296 m), Commerzbank Tower in Frankfurt (300 m), Gorod Stolits (“City of Capitals”) Moscow tower (302 m), Eurasia tower (309 m), The Shard’ skyscraper in London (310 m), Mercury City Tower (339 m), Neva Towers (345 m).
However, in 2018, the construction of the 462 meter tall ‘Lakhta Center’ in Saint-Petersburg was completed, pushing ‘Vostok’ (374 m) into 2nd place. The 3rd place is taken by OKO’s southern tower (354 m).
3. The unrealized ‘Rossiya’ tower
If all the building plans of Moscow-City were realized, the ‘Lakhta Center’ in St. Petersburg wouldn't have a chance to be Europe's highest skyscraper. Boris Tkhor, the architect who designed the concept of Moscow-City, had planned for the ‘Rossiya’ tower to be the tallest. In his project, it was a 600 meter tall golden cylindrical skyscraper ending with a spire that was inspired by traditional Russian bell towers. Then, the project was reinvented by famous British architect Sir Norman Foster. He had designed ‘Rossiya’ as a pyramid ending with a spire. The skyscraper itself would have been 612 meters tall, and the height including the spire would have reached 744,5 meters (for comparison, the ‘Burj Khalifa’ in Dubai, UAE, would have been just 83,5 meters taller). Unfortunately, the investors faced a lot of economic problems, due to the 2008 financial crisis, so the ‘Rossiya’ skyscraper was never built. A shopping mall and the ‘Neva Towers’ complex was constructed at its place in 2019.
4. Changed appearance of ‘Federation Tower’
In its first project, the ‘Federation Tower’ was designed to resemble a ship with a mast and two sails. The mast was to be represented by a tall glass spire with passages between the towers. It was planned to make a high-speed lift in it. The top of the spire was going to be turned into an observation deck. But the ship lost its mast in the middle of its construction. Experts at the Moscow-city Museum based in the ‘Imperia’ (“Empire”) tower say, that the construction of the spire was stopped, firstly, due to fire safety reasons and secondly, because it posed a threat to helicopter flights – the flickering glass of the spire could potentially blind the pilots. So, the half-built construction was disassembled. However, an observation deck was opened in the ‘Vostok’ tower.
5. Open windows of ‘Federation Tower’
We all know that the windows of the upper floors in different buildings don’t usually open. Experts say that it’s not actually for people’s safety. Falling from a big height is likely to be fatal in any building. The actual reason is the ventilation system. In a skyscraper, it’s managed with a mechanical system, and the building has its own climate. But in the ‘Zapad’ (“West”) tower of the ‘Federation Tower’ complex, the windows can open. The 62nd and last floor of the tower are taken up by a restaurant called ‘Sixty’. There, the windows are equipped with a special hydraulic system. They open for a short period of time accompanied by classical music, so the guests can take breathtaking photos of Moscow.
6. Broken glass units of ‘Federation Tower’
The guests of the ‘Sixty’ restaurant at the top of the ‘Zapad’ tower can be surprised to see cracked glass window panes. It is particularly strange, if we take into consideration the special type of this glass. It is extremely solid and can’t be broken once installed. For example, during experiments people threw all sorts of heavy items at the windows, but the glass wouldn’t break. The broken glass units of ‘Zapad’ were already damaged during shipment . As each of them is curved in its own way to make the tower’s curvature smooth, making a new set of window panes and bringing them to Russia was deemed too expensive . Moreover, the investors had financial problems (again, due to the 2008 financial crisis), so the ‘Vostok’ tower even stood unfinished for several years. Eventually, the cracked window panes were installed in their place.
7. The highest restaurant in Europe
‘Birds’, another restaurant in Moscow-City, is remarkable for its location. It was opened at the end of 2019 on the 84th floor of the ‘OKO’ complex’s southern tower. Guests at the restaurant can enjoy an amazing panoramic view at a height of 336 meters. On January 28, the experts of ‘Kniga Recordov Rossii’ (“Russian Records Book”) declared ‘Birds’ the highest restaurant in Europe, a step toward an application for a Guinness World Record.
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In today’s newsletter: After an ultranationalist’s daughter is killed in Moscow, people in Russia and the west are asking who did it – and what the Kremlin might do next
Good morning. On Saturday, Darya Dugina, the daughter of the ultranationalist Russian ideologue Alexander Dugin, was killed by a car bomb in Moscow. Yesterday, Vladimir Putin called it a “vile, cruel crime”, and Moscow said that Ukraine was responsible. But that description tells only a small part of the story of an attack in the Russian capital that is unprecedented in the six months since the war began.
There are many unresolved questions about the killing – and the military consequences that could flow from it. Today’s newsletter, with the Guardian’s Moscow correspondent Andrew Roth, is about some of the possible answers. Here are the headlines.
Five big stories
Environment | The Tory leadership frontrunner, Liz Truss, was responsible for cutting millions of pounds in funding earmarked for tackling water pollution during her time as environment secretary, the Guardian revealed.
Crime | A nine-year-old girl has been shot dead in Liverpool and two other people taken to hospital with gunshot injuries. Officers began a murder investigation after attending a house at 10pm over reports an unknown male had fired a gun inside the property.
US politics | Donald Trump on Monday filed suit against the US government over the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home, seeking to temporarily stop the bureau reading seized materials until a special court official can be appointed to review documents concerned.
Policing | The Metropolitan police were wrong to Taser a man on Chelsea Bridge and their “excessive and unnecessary force” contributed to his death , his family have said. Oladeji Omishore, 41, was hit by the electric stun gun on 4 June before climbing over a barrier and falling into the River Thames below.
Justice | Criminal barristers in England and Wales have voted in favour of an all-out strike next month in a clash with the government over jobs and pay, with 79.5% of members of the Criminal Bar Association voting to strike.
In depth: Setting the stage for ‘total war’
What do we know about how the attack happened?
On Saturday night, Alexander Dugin gave a lecture at a festival at an estate in Moscow dedicated to the kind of hard-right pro-war worldview he is known for. He and his daughter Darya Dugina left, apparently in different vehicles. About five minutes after Dugina left, the Toyota Land Cruiser she was driving was blown up by a car bomb. Footage circulated on social media appeared to show Dugin standing next to the wreckage in a state of distress.
Reports in the Russian media on Monday claimed that an untraceable telephone may have been used to remotely detonate the device after it left a garage where CCTV had been switched off. They also claimed that the perpetrators may have been following the car when it blew up.
It’s hard to assess some of these claims with any certainty, Andrew said. Russian authorities have given limited evidence to back up their version of events, “but that doesn’t discount it”. But we can say with confidence that Dugina died in an attack which may have been aimed at her father – and it appears to have been carefully planned.
Who was Darya Dugina, and who is her father, Alexander Dugin?
“Most analysts who heard the news immediately thought it was Alexander who had been targeted,” Andrew said. Dugin exults in the nickname “Putin’s Brain”; but while some people in Putin’s circle have read Dugin’s work, it is less clear that he has the kind of sway on the Russian leader that would justify that title.
“He’s the kind of person you see on these gladiatorial screamathons you get on pro-Kremlin TV,” Andrew said. “But it’s important to understand that people like Dugin don’t make the final decisions – they’re just one pressure group in a complicated country.” As a rough comparison, think of some of the talking heads with tenuous links to the Trump administration who turn up on Fox News.
Dugin’s politics are extreme: he is an ultranationalist who advocates for a new Russian empire. At the same time, Andrew said, he is “a political opportunist – I remember him requesting €500 to give interviews”.
“This is not the same as an attack killing a member of a Kremlin official’s family,” he said. “In those terms, he’s small fry. But he has an outsize profile.” That profile suggests another important feature of the attack: “He doesn’t have the security detail you would associate with somebody at the Kremlin. He’s a softer target.”
Dugina, meanwhile, was the editor of a disinformation website, United World International, and a TV pundit. Her politics were “close to a continuation of her father’s approach, but she was a little slicker,” Andrew said. She was also less prominent: “People in Moscow know who he is. You didn’t have to know who she was unless you were following this stuff closely.” Nonetheless, her pro-war rhetoric had earned her a place on UK and US sanctions lists, and it is not impossible she was targeted herself.
Who does Russia say was responsible?
One of the key questions in the aftermath of the attack was whether Russia would “frame it as terrorism or sweep it under the rug”, Andrew said; on Monday, the Federal Security Service (FSB) provided an answer. It accused Ukrainian intelligence services of carrying out the killing, and said the suspect was a Ukrainian woman in Russia with her 12-year-old daughter since July. The suspect had attended the festival, and fled to Estonia in a Mini Cooper after the bomb went off.
The FSB’s version of events appears to suggest that it was Dugina and not Dugin who was the target. Ukraine has denied responsibility for the attack, with one official noting: “Not many people here have heard of him, and nobody had heard of his daughter.”
The FSB has provided little evidence for its claims beyond footage of the woman driving across the border in and out of Russia. As Shaun Walker argues in this excellent analysis of the claimed chronology, there are plenty of reasons for scepticism. He noted how quickly the agency put its case together, and how remarkable it would be for a Ukrainian assassin with a child in tow to navigate Russia with impunity. “If true, it is a shocking FSB failure and, if false, it is a strangely self-incriminating tale to invent,” he wrote.
At the same time, Shaun notes, it is possible to see a motive to carrying out the attack from Kyiv. If so, it marks a departure from Ukraine’s strategy of retaliation within Russia, which has been confined to military and logistical assets near the border, and a string of attacks in Crimea , the Black Sea territory annexed by Russia in 2014.
Is that the only possible explanation?
No. One claim is that the attack was carried out by an underground opposition movement within Russia – “but I’m sceptical of that”, Andrew said. “From what we know the internal opposition haven’t done anything like this before. It would be a huge step up.”
There’s also the theory of a false flag attack carried out by elements close to the Kremlin as a pretext for retaliation. “There is no reason to do that if you want to intensify attacks on Ukraine or crack down on the opposition,” Andrew said. ”The Kremlin doesn’t need a pretext to do that – it does whatever it wants.” If so, the significant downside of spreading panic among Kremlin outriders doesn’t seem worthwhile.
Finally, some have floated the possibility that the killing was simply a crime tied to a business dispute involving Dugin or Dugina. But that doesn’t appear to align with the sophistication of the attack, even if the FSB’s claims should be taken with a grain of salt.
What are the likely consequences of the attack?
“This is unprecedented here,” Andrew said. “And there are already people writing that this is not the last act of terror we’re going to see. It will have scared people in Dugin’s circles. Until now, they have been able to agitate for war without thinking it would come for them.”
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The larger question is whether claims of Ukrainian responsibility will lead to a Russian escalation. “It could set the stage for a new wave of political violence,” Andrew said, against so-called “decision making centres” and specific Ukrainian officials. But if more general attacks on Kyiv increase, it’s worth bearing in mind that such an escalation was already expected to coincide with Ukraine’s independence day on Wednesday.
Regardless, for the most belligerent voices in Russia – voices aligned with Dugin’s – the death of his daughter will be viewed as evidence for the strategy they already espoused. “Many of those who’ve been agitating for a more aggressive approach are demanding a response now,” Andrew said. “They want total war.”
What else we’ve been reading
Zoe Williams’s interview with Mick Lynch is a great primer on the RMT leader who has become something of a folk hero during Britain’s summer of strikes. Hannah J Davies, deputy editor, newsletters
With the Tory leadership contest apparently all but over, you might expect Rishi Sunak’s supporters to stop attacking Liz Truss. Instead, the criticisms have intensified. Rowena Mason’s analysis is an excellent guide to what one source calls a level of vitriol that “will be extremely difficult to heal”. Archie
A new release from Christine and the Queens and tours from Sugababes and Kendrick Lamar (as teased at Glastonbury) are among the autumn musical highlights helpfully compiled by the Guardian music team . Hannah
If dragons and thrones leave you cold, read this Stuart Heritage piece about how the real stars of TV this year are fictional chefs . (And do watch The Bear, one of the US shows he mentions, when it comes out – it’s amazing.) Archie
Water vapour, poison … or something else? I enjoyed this explainer from Dazed on how chemtrails conspiracy theories took over. Hannah
Football | Manchester United produced a superb performance to beat Liverpool 2-1 at Old Trafford. After a difficult start to the season, goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford were enough to secure the win.
Football | England and Manchester City forward Ellen White has announced her retirement at the age of 33 , saying all her football “dreams came true” in winning Euro 2022. The England women’s team’s all-time record goalscorer with 52 goals, White earned 113 caps for her country.
Cricket | In an exclusive interview with the Guardian , Ben Stokes described how a spate of anxiety attacks twelve months ago led him to consider retiring from cricket. Stokes said that he is now in a much better place but “it’s an ongoing process” and urged fellow sufferers to seek help.
The front pages
The Guardian this morning leads with “Truss cuts millions from services that kept sewage off UK beaches” while the i has “Truss to risk ‘flying blind’ after Budget pledge U-turn”. The Financial Times says “UK inflation projected to top 18% as gas prices surge” while the Times says “Spiralling inflation is forecast to hit 18%” and the Express asks “how will millions cope” with the effects. “Snowflakes blocking A&E” – somewhat literally, the Metro reports, after a patient walked in demanding dandruff treatment. “Refugee host cash ‘should be double’” – that’s the Telegraph’s lead. “Justice is being held to ransom” – the Daily Mail paraphrases Dominic Raab as barristers go on strike. “Ronaldo doesn’t feel sorry at all … he left me crying and shaking” – the Mirror has a follow-up on an incident involving a smashed phone.
Today in Focus
Revisited: The Division: New Orleans – part two
In 1995, Kuantay Reeder is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for a crime he says he didn’t commit. He spends years doing hard labour in the fields of the prison, and trying to have his conviction overturned. By 2020, he has exhausted almost every legal avenue available to him. But 2020 is also the year that Jason Williams is elected to be the new district attorney of New Orleans. Will the creation of a new civil rights division in his office offer hope to Reeder?
Cartoon of the day | Stephen Lillie
A bit of good news to remind you that the world’s not all bad
A few years ago, Scott Oughton-Johnson was struggling with stress and anxiety following a long custody struggle. He’d had cognitive behaviour therapy from the NHS but was then, in his words, “back in the wild” and having to cope on his own, as Sirin Kale reports in the latest profile for the Guardian Angel series . So Oughton-Johnson launched a Facebook group with a video asking if any other men in his south London neighbourhood were up for a walk. Two years later, the Proper Blokes Club has a website and an active WhatsApp group, and men in neighbouring boroughs are organising their own walks. “Each day we do a check-in, and say, ‘Good morning. Hope everyone is all right. Have a good day,’” says Oughton-Johnson. “We’ve had incidents where people say, ‘I’m not in a great place; is anyone about?’ And people have gone and met them, or called them up.”
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Putin Says Wagner Will Be ‘Brought to Justice’: Updates
An unprecedented uprising took place over the weekend in Russia, where the leader of the mercenary Wagner Group, Yevgeny Prigozhin , briefly led a mutiny against the Russian military and seemingly brought the country to the brink of civil war. Wagner forces seized military facilities in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don and advanced to within 120 miles of Moscow on Saturday before Prigozhin — who had apparently been planning the offensive for some time — abruptly backed down after cutting a deal with the Kremlin, which included him accepting exile to Belarus. The Russian military seemed unwilling or unable to stop the Wagner forces, and Vladimir Putin, who publicly vowed to crush the rebellion in a national address, ultimately backed down as well. The dramatic crisis has called into question the strength of Putin’s grip on power as well as the stability of the Russian state, and it’s not clear what will happen next. Below are updates and commentary on this still-developing situation.
Putin claims that those responsible ‘will be brought to justice’
Around 10 p.m. in Moscow, Vladimir Putin addressed the nation for the first time since Saturday, when he called the Wagner Group’s action “treason.” In the statement, he said that the “organizers of this rebellion cannot but understand that they will be brought to justice.” He did not address Yevgeny Prigozhin by name. In an attempt to shore up domestic support in a pivotal moment, the Russian president described the Wagner action as “criminal activity which is weakening the country” from the outside and was not a threat to his control of government. He thanked Belarusian president Aleksandr Lukashenko for brokering the deal that stopped the mercenary offensive and made an offer of absolution to Wagner troops involved in the march who joined the Russian military. “This promise will be fulfilled,” he said.
Prigozhin says his march was a “master class”
On Monday, the Wagner Group head made his first public comments in an audio recording on Telegram, claiming that the March was an attempt to keep the mercenary force together. Prigozhin claimed that the Ministry of Defense had made “enormous mistakes” and was attempting to dissolve his forces and after an alleged attack that left around 30 Wagner fighters dead, he initiated the march to “prevent the destruction” of his unit. He claimed that he did not want to shed “Russian blood” and claimed that he “did not have the goal of overthrowing the existing regime and the legally elected government.” Prigozhin did not comment on his future plans. And while the tone of the message was mostly conciliatory, he did call his march to Moscow a “master class” while criticizing the initial invasion of Ukraine.
Russia’s Defense Minister still appears to have his job
As the whereabouts of Prigozhin remain unclear and Putin keeps a low profile, Russian state media released a video of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in an attempt to show that the top brass remains in place after the chaotic weekend. (Prigozhin’s main complaints over the conduct of the war had to do with Shoigu.) Russian officials also claimed that the M-4 highway damaged during the offensive has been repaired.
What the pundits and Russia experts are saying
Tatiana Stanovaya, senior fellow at the Carnegie Russia Eurasia Centre, argues on Twitter that Prigozhin got in over his head:
Prigozhin’s rebellion wasn’t a bid for power or an attempt to overtake the Kremlin. It arose from a sense of desperation; Prigozhin was forced out of Ukraine and found himself unable to sustain Wagner the way he did before, while the state machinery was turning against him. To top it off, Putin was ignoring him and publicly supporting his most dangerous adversaries. Prigozhin’s objective was to draw Putin’s attention and to impose a discussion about conditions to preserve his activities — a defined role, security, and funding. These weren’t demands for a governmental overthrow; they were a desperate bid to save the enterprise, hoping that Prigozhin’s merits in taking Bakhmut (that’s why he needed it!) would be taken into account and the concerns would catch Putin’s serious attention. Now it appears that these merits helped Prigozhin to get out of this crisis alive, but without a political future in Russia (at least while Putin is in power).
She adds that Prigozhin “was caught off-guard by Putin’s reaction and found himself unprepared to assume the role of a revolutionary,” thus necessitating the sudden about-face on Saturday. And while the events struck a “severe blow” to Putin and his regime, it’s not the end of their world, either:
Putin and the state have been dealt a severe blow (which will have significant repercussions for the regime). However, I want to emphasize that image has always been a secondary concern for Putin. Setting optics aside, Putin objectively resolved the Wagner and Prigozhin problem by dissolving the former and expelling the latter. The situation would have been far worse if it had culminated in a bloody mess in the outskirts of Moscow. And no, Putin doesn’t need Wagner or Prigozhin. He can manage with his own forces. He’s now certainly convinced of that.
Analysts at the Institute for the Study of War stressed multiple major takeaways in their assessment following the end of the offensive, and none of them reflected well on Russia’s government and military:
The Kremlin now faces a deeply unstable equilibrium. The Lukashenko-negotiated deal is a short-term fix, not a long-term solution, and Prigozhin’s rebellion exposed severe weaknesses in the Kremlin and Russian MoD. Suggestions that Prigozhin’s rebellion, the Kremlin’s response, and Lukashenko’s mediation were all staged by the Kremlin are absurd. The imagery of Putin appearing on national television to call for the end of an armed rebellion and warning of a repeat of the 1917 revolution — and then requiring mediation from a foreign leader to resolve the rebellion — will have a lasting impact. The rebellion exposed the weakness of the Russian security forces and demonstrated Putin’s inability to use his forces in a timely manner to repel an internal threat and further eroded his monopoly on force. Prigozhin’s rapid drive towards Moscow ridiculed much of the Russian regular forces — and highlighted to any and all security figures, state-owned enterprises, and other key figures in the Russian government that private military forces separate from the central state can achieve impressive results. Wagner’s drive also showcased the degradation of Russia’s military reserves, which are almost entirely committed to fighting in Ukraine, as well as the dangers of reliance on inexperienced conscripts to defend Russia’s borders. The Kremlin struggled to respond quickly in the information space and residents in Rostov-on-Don residents did not oppose Wagner and in some cases greeted them warmly — not inherently demonstrating opposition to Putin but at minimum acceptance of Prigozhin’s actions. Finally, the Kremlin’s apparent surprise at Prigozhin’s move does not reflect well on Russia’s domestic intelligence service, the FSB. Prigozhin consistently escalated his rhetoric against the Russian MoD prior to his armed rebellion and Putin failed to mitigate this risk. We cannot and will not speculate on the concrete impacts of Prigozhin’s rebellion and the Kremlin’s weak response and are not forecasting an imminent collapse of the Russian government, as some have done. Nonetheless, Prigozhin’s rebellion and the resolution of the events of June 23 and 24 — though not necessarily the Prigozhin/Kremlin struggle writ large — will likely substantially damage Putin’s government and the Russian war effort in Ukraine.
At The Atlantic , Anne Applebaum argues that Putin’s encouragement of political apathy in Russia is backfiring and “the flimsiness of this regime’s ideology and the softness of its support have been suddenly laid bare”:
In the evening, after Prigozhin had decided to stand down and go home (wherever home turns out to be), he drove away in an SUV with crowds filming him on their cellphones and cheering him on, as if he were a celebrity leaving a movie premiere or a gallery opening. Some chanted “Wagner! Wagner!” as the troops emerged into the street. This was the most remarkable aspect of the whole day: Nobody seemed to mind, particularly, that a brutal new warlord had arrived to replace the existing regime—not the security services, not the army, and not the general public. On the contrary, many seemed sorry to see him go. … [N]obody tried to stop the Wagner group in Rostov-on-Don, and hardly anybody blocked the Wagner convoy on its way to Moscow. The security services melted away, made no move and no comment. The military dug some trenches around Moscow and sent some helicopters; somebody appears to have sent bulldozers to dig up the highways, but that was all we could see. Who will respond if a more serious challenge to Putin ever emerges?
Financial Times columnist Gideon Rachman writes that Putin is clearly losing a “two-front struggle”:
The Prigozhin rebellion is over for now. But it would be futile to believe that things can go back to normal in Russia. The reality is that there is no normal to go back to. The uprising happened because the Putin project is falling apart. That process is likely to accelerate after the events of this weekend. It is now clear that Putin faces a two-front struggle for survival. There is the war in Ukraine. And there is the internal stability of his regime. The two fronts are connected. Further setbacks in Ukraine will inevitably worsen his situation at home — and vice versa. The events of the past weekend cannot be unsaid or unseen.
The New Yorker ’s David Remnick spoke with longtime Russian journalist and former TV Rain editor-in-chief Mikhail Zygar:
When I asked Zygar what was the most striking aspect of the uprising, he said, “Putin is weaker. I have the feeling he is not really running the country. Certainly, not the way he once did. He is still President, but all the different clans”—the factions within the government, the military, and, most important, the security services—“now have the feeling that ‘Russia after Putin’ is getting closer. Putin is still alive. He is still there in his bunker. But there is the growing feeling that he is a lame duck, and they have to prepare for Russia after Putin.”
Or was the Wagner column cursed by an unstoppable outside force ?
A coup, a rebellion, an uprising — or a mutiny.
Some analysts are calling it a mutiny.
In a Twitter thread on Saturday, Foreign Policy Research Institute senior fellow Rob Lee agreed it was a mutiny “designed to get Putin’s attention,” not overthrow him. “I think the main goal was to prevent Wagner from losing its independence and keeping the status quo,” Lee wrote . “It was coercive.”
The view from Russian state television
There was some confusion on Saturday:
And again on Sunday:
The Daily Beast’s Julia Davis watched the coverage on Sunday and writes that “Russian state TV propagandists were left grasping at straws—desperately trying to temper their outrage at what had happened in order to justify the Kremlin’s decision to allow the Wagner boss and his mercenaries to escape accountability”:
Decorated state TV host Vladimir Solovyov was shocked and dismayed at the dismal state of the country’s preparedness that allowed Prigozhin’s forces to roll through the land unimpeded. Solovyov seemed caught between a rock and a hard place, having to justify Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to let Prigozhin and Wagner walk free, despite having advocated for the death penalty for less grievous offenses. During the first post-mutiny broadcast of Sunday Evening With Vladimir Solovyov , propagandists focused on praising Putin’s infinite wisdom for ending the revolt in a speedy manner. The head of RT, Margarita Simonyan, asserted: “There is nothing more frightening in the world than civil war.” This outlook unwittingly highlighted frequent discussions on Russian state media hoping for a civil war in other countries—namely the United States. imonyan expressed her relief at the quick resolution of the ordeal and added: “There are many discussions right now: how can this be? They opened a criminal case and then let them go! [Prigozhin] left for Belarus. This is a mockery of legal norms! ”
The U.S. knew Prigozhin was up to something, but not exactly what
U.S. spy agencies reportedly had intelligence that Prigozhin was preparing to take armed action against Russian military leaders and last week informed top Pentagon brass and Biden administration officials about the potential conflict. Congressional leaders were also reportedly briefed on the intelligence . Although U.S. intel agencies have long been tracking Prigozhin’s feud with Russian military leaders, they apparently weren’t able to learn precisely what Prigozhin planned to do until Thursday.
One U.S. official told the Washington Post that there had been “high concern” over the past two weeks over what Prigozhin might do and the instability it could trigger in Russia. A senior Ukrainian official told the Post that Ukrainian military leaders also suspected Prigozhin might rebel. And the U.S. thinks Putin knew, too:
U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Putin also was informed that Prigozhin was plotting something. And though it is not clear precisely when he was told, it was “definitely more than 24 hours ago,” the first U.S. official said. It remains unclear why Putin did not take action to thwart Prigozhin’s takeover of the military command or his move on Moscow. … Putin’s inaction reflected a lack of high-level coordination in the Russian government and likely internal rivalries, U.S. officials surmise.
What deal did they make?
The Kremlin says it agreed to drop the charges against Prigozhin, who will move to Belarus — which sounds a lot like exile. Any Wagner Group fighters who took part in the rebellion will not be charged either. The ones who did not take part will sign contracts with the Russian military. It’s not clear whether there will be any changes at the Russian defense ministry as a result of the events.
Other questions remain:
Crews were apparently working to repair the damage done to highways leading to Moscow in an attempt to slow the Wagner forces’ advance.
And don’t forget:
This was not a peaceful protest
As The Wall Street Journal notes, Russia’s military seems to have suffered real losses during the conflict — at least when it actually tried to intervene:
The specter of all-out war between rival Russian forces had grown during the day as columns of Wagner tanks, artillery and personnel carriers were spotted crossing the Voronezh and Lipetsk regions, coming closer and closer to Moscow. There were no major attempts to stop them on the M-4 highway by Russian ground forces, though the column was occasionally attacked by Russian combat aircraft. Video footage showed the main Voronezh fuel depot ablaze after an airstrike, the wreckage of several helicopters, and one warplane being shot out of the sky. Fighterbomber, a Russian military aviation Telegram channel that is well connected with the Russian Air Force, said that Wagner Saturday downed six Russian helicopters, including a Ka-52 gunship, and an IL-18 or IL-22 airborne command center plane. A total of 12 Air Force crew died, according to Fighterbomber.
Now Prigozhin is turning his forces around — so it’s over?
The Wagner Group leader announced on Telegram that he ordered his troops to halt their advance on Moscow and return to their basecamps in order to avoid Russian bloodshed. Russian state media claims that Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko convinced Prigozhin to stand down. Prigozhin said his mercenaries got within 124 miles of Moscow.
It’s not clear what Prigozhin was told he would get in return — or whether he’ll be around much longer, or if Russian forces will pursue the mercenaries, or if Wagner forces will give up Rostov-on-Don.
Meanwhile in Ukraine
A Ukrainian military spokesperson said Saturday that Ukrainian forces had advanced and liberated “several positions” in Donetsk. Overnight, Russian forces launched 51 cruise missiles at cities in Ukraine, according to the Ukrainian air force.
Security forces are purportedly setting up defenses around Moscow, including roadblocks and other obstacles on the main highways leading into the city, and the mayor has asked residents to limit their travel and told them not to go to work on Monday. Northeast of Moscow, the governor of the Russian province of Kaluga announced travel restrictions and asked residents to avoid driving.
The column continues to advance
Per the Financial Times , the rebels have been making steady progress north toward Moscow but have been subject to Russian airstrikes:
Russian military helicopters fired on a convoy of Wagner troops and armoured vehicles, including tanks, rumbling north along a highway towards the capital, according to unverified videos published on social media. The convoy, which also appears to contain mobile air defence systems, advanced steadily from Rostov towards Moscow despite “combat operations” by regular armed forces, and in the early evening of Saturday was about 350km from the capital’s outer ring road, where Russian troops have set up checkpoints. If the convoy is able to advance without hindrance, it could reach Moscow before midnight local time. Local residents of cities along the route reported that some roads and bridges had been closed. Diggers were spotted excavating holes in the middle of several motorways in a bid to slow the convoy’s advance, according to footage on social media.
It’s not at all clear what Prigozhin is really up to
The mercenary tycoon says he is trying to “save” Russia and has called on ordinary Russians to join up with his forces. Prior to the mutiny, Prigozhin had repeatedly criticized the Russian defense ministry, claiming they have failed to support his troops fighting in Ukraine, and he has accused them of thwarting the Russian invasion. But what, exactly, he expects to happen or to achieve after marching his forces into Moscow, assuming they are able to get that far, is still difficult to determine.
It all happened overnight
The Washington Post offers a summary:
Prigozhin claimed on Friday evening that the Russian military had carried out a strike on a Wagner camp and said he would lead a “march of justice” against his enemies among the leadership of the Russian Defense Ministry, while denying allegations from at least one top general that he was attempting a coup. By Saturday morning Prigozhin and his fighters were able to enter Rostov-on-Don, crossing a heavily fortified region of southern Russia with apparent ease — despite an arrest warrant against Prigozhin from Russia’s main security agency, the Federal Security Service, or FSB, which late on Friday accused Prigozhin of “incitement to armed rebellion” and said it had opened a criminal case. Prigozhin said he had taken control of the main Russian military command base in Rostov and told the country’s military commanders that he would march on Moscow and blockade Rostov unless he could confront his enemies: Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces.
Prigozhin also claimed Wagner forces had shot down Russian helicopters that had attacked their column and that Wagner forces had assumed control of Rostov-on-Don’s major military facilities without any interruption on the operations against Ukrainian forces.
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The Spector was originally designed by Norse Technologies to be a lighter version of the Exterminator BattleMech , made to hunt down light command 'Mechs. The first Spector rolled off the assembly line on June 6th, 2639  , and following extensive testing the SLDF ordered 600 units, the first run of which were delivered in April of 2640 . The Star League's enthusiasm for the Spector is due to the BattleMechs stealth capabilities, combining both Chameleon Light Polarization Shield and a Null-Signature system . All Spectors , and all reports on them, were believed lost with the fall of the Star League until 3048 , when rumors spread that the mercenary units McCarron's Armored Cavalry and Storm's Metal Thunder were fielding Spectors , presumably recovered from an ancient cache, although neither admitted to fielding vintage Star League era 'Mechs.  
In 3076 , the mercenary group Chaos Irregulars (Mercenary Command) fielded a lone and original Spector . 
The Spector was originally designed to use the advanced Null-Signature system, able to hide the 'Mech's radar and heat signatures, and Chameleon Light Polarization Shield, capable of obscuring the BattleMech's appearance. However, these technologies were lost during the Succession Wars and have not yet been replicated. The current incarnation of the Spector , SPR-5F, does not carry a Null Signature System nor the Chameleon LPS because of this.  
Weapons and Equipment [ edit ]
Even without its advanced stealth capabilities, the Spector that Norse-Storm BattleMechs reintroduced in 3053 is an impressive light 'Mech. The Spector has is built on a weight saving Norse XT-Light Type AE endo steel chassis, powered by a Magna 245 XL engine that gives it a top speed of 118.8 km/h, while seven HildCo Model 11c jump jets give it a jump ranged of 210 meters. Protection from enemy fire is provided by seven and a half tons of Starshield Light standard armor , while a Guardian ECM suite allows it to defend itself against advanced enemy targeting and range finding equipment.  
The Spector carries a Nightwind large laser as its primary weapon, backed up by a pair of Defiance B3M medium lasers and a single Defiance B4S small laser for close combat. While most consider this a light weapons payload for a 35 ton 'Mech, the Spector 's superior mobility and mission profile do not require a very heavy weapons payload.  
Variants [ edit ]
- SPR-4F This variant carries a Guardian ECM suite , one large laser in the right arm and two medium lasers in the left. More importantly, the SPR-4F is extremely stealthy, mounting both a Chameleon LPS and a Null-Signature system . BV (2.0) = 1,224 
- SPR-5S At the urging of then-Archon Katherine Steiner-Davion , Norse-Storm opened up talks with Shengli Arms to secure stealth armor for the light 'Mech. Though the deal did not work out exactly as they had hoped, they managed to acquire some amount and equip this variant with it. Space constraints force the consolidation of the medium lasers into one medium pulse laser .  BV (1.0) = 967  , BV (2.0) = 1,166 
- SPR-ST A more radical variant removes the jump jets and mounts an ER large laser and twin ER medium lasers using the freed space. It retains the stealth armor and Guardian ECM suite , but also adds a targeting computer to make the lasers more accurate. MASC enables the ST to move in bursts up to 151 km/h.  BV (1.0) = 1,044  , BV (2.0) = 1,522 
- SPR-6F Eschewing subterfuge and stealth, the 6F is a headhunter meant to counter Clan warriors with advanced engineering. With reflective armor mounted over an endo-steel chassis , the 6F remains highly mobile while also being well protected from advanced laser technology. Speaking of lasers, the weapon complement of the 6F is composed exclusively of laser weapons, all linked to a targeting computer . The 'Mech's primary weapon is a Medium VSP Laser mounted in the right arm, while a pair of clan-specced Improved Heavy Medium Lasers are in a gauntlet on the left arm. A standard ER Small Laser rounds up the complement on top of the pilot's cockpit. BV (2.0) = 1,476 
Design Quirks [ edit ]
The Spector has the following Design Quirks : 
- Difficult to Maintain
Gallery [ edit ]
Original SPR-5F Spector from McCarron's Armored Cavalry
Spector from TRO:3058
Spector from RG:ilClan vol. 28
SPR-5F Spector in combat from CCG
References [ edit ]
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Technical Readout: Succession Wars , pp. 46–47: "SPR-5F Spector"
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade , pp. 206-207, "Spector Profile"
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades , p. 168
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League) , p. 227
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Technical Readout: 3058 , p. 102, "Spector"
- ↑ Chaos Formed Endgame at Engadine
- ↑ Master Unit List
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades , p. 169
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League) , p. 229
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Upgrades , p. 170
- ↑ Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League) , p. 230
- ↑ Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 28 , p.13
- ↑ BattleMech Manual , p. 94 BattleMech Quirk Table - Spector Entry.
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- Endgame at Engadine (short story)
- Master Unit List
- McCarron's Armored Cavalry (scenario pack)
- Record Sheets: 3055/3058
- Record Sheets: 3058 Unabridged (Clan & Star League)
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