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Members of the Russian military intelligence GRU could be behind the so-called Havana syndrome, reported the Russian investigative portal The Insider, which over a year investigated the circumstances of these health problems with neurological symptoms. He undertook his investigation together with the German newspaper Der Spiegel and the program 60 Minutes of the American station CBS. Responding to the media’s new findings on Monday, the Kremlin said there was a lack of evidence of Russian involvement.



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12:39 p.m April 1, 2024

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US Embassy in Havana, March 18, 2024 | Photo: Yamil Lage | Source: AFP / Profimedia

The Havana syndrome began to be talked about in 2016 in connection with the neurological problems of American diplomats working in the Cuban capital.

Problems such as headaches, fatigue, hearing distortion, but also dizziness and nausea have since been reported by diplomats, CIA agents or family members of these persons operating in a number of other countries, including Austria, Colombia or Vietnam.


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Russia has previously denied any involvement in these events. However, according to The Insider’s findings, members of Russian military intelligence from unit 29155 were in the cities where the “Havana syndrome” appeared.

The media has previously linked this, for example, to the nerve agent poisoning of the former Russian secret agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Britain, or the gunsmith Emiliyan Gebrev in Bulgaria.

Gebrev also had weapons stored in Moravian Vrbětice in October 2014, when a devastating explosion hit the ammunition warehouse there. The Czech authorities also suspect members of the GRU from 2021 at the latest in this explosion.

Acoustic weapons

In connection with the “Havana syndrome” and the possible involvement of Russian intelligence personnel, The Insider mentions so-called acoustic weapons. He said that among his main findings was that high-ranking members of the said GRU had received awards for their contribution to the development of these weapons.

The term acoustic weapon is used in Russian military literature to denote a device that can hit the brain of a victim with the help of high-frequency waves, the portal noted.

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According to the investigative portal, the first case of the “Havana syndrome” could have occurred earlier than 2016. According to it, two “attacks” took place in 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, one of the victims being an employee of the American consulate.

The American newspaper The Washington Post wrote last year that, according to an analysis by five American intelligence agencies, the “Havana syndrome” was most likely not caused by an attack by a hostile government or a weapon or device emitting energy beams. He also stated that the explanation for the phenomenon remains unclear.

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday, according to TASS, that the media had previously blamed Russia for the “Havana syndrome” and said there was a lack of evidence for Russian involvement.

“For many years, the media has been pushing the topic of the so-called Havana syndrome. “From the very beginning, it is most often associated with the accusation of the Russian side, but for the entire time no one has published or presented at least a little convincing evidence for these loud accusations,” said Peskov.

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