Is Technopolis in Russia a New Cyberwarfare Facility?

  • Overall the center focuses on the defense sector with funding provided through the federal defense budget. 
  • There are indications that the main objective of Technopolis is to create next generation nuclear weapons.
  • Since the inception of the center, the number of possible Russian attacks has increased.

Last year Russia announced the creation of the “Era Military Innovation Technopolis.” The center opened its doors in September 2018 in the city of Anapa and was immediately visited by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The geographical location of the center is close to classified Russian federal police and military resorts.

Image: Anapa.ru

The key objectives for the center are information technology, energy, biotechnology, nanotechnology and nanomaterials.  Overall the center focuses on the defense sector with funding provided through the federal defense budget.  Technopolis is hosting summer camp programs in an attempt to indoctrinate the Russian youth and further Putin’s military agenda. The center is designed for Russian military elites and heavily guarded.

There are indications that the main objective of Technopolis is to create next generation nuclear weapons. Since the inception of the center, the number of possible Russian attacks has increased: tampering with the GPS coordinates of the tanker seized by Iran; the outage of Galileo European Navigation system; the outages consistently reported near the Black Sea by commercial merchants; even Israel is reporting outages near their main airports. Russia is heavily involved in cyber espionage. The threat was clearly identified last year at the CyberwarCon forum hosted in Washington D.C.

A first ever award ceremony was held in June 2019 for the best “investable” project from Technopolis. The winning project focused on water ways and was designed by a Russian military captain. Could it be a design for another “Losharik”?

The center has 55 research projects according to their website. Technopolis strategic partnerships include Vega and the famous Bauman Moscow State university which has one of the strongest computer science programs. The direction of the center appears to be focused on the fields of radio waves, laser technology, underwater internet grids, and lasers that use nanotechnology. The center is strategically located close to the Black Sea. It seems probable that system disruptions and blackouts being reported by commercial vessels  in the Black Sea are being orchestrated by Russia. The government hinted at their cyberwar against the US in June 2019.

The center has ongoing IT infrastructure architecture programs that could easily be used to implement a new Russian law designed to censor internet usage and close off Russian information space in times of emergency— similar to the Red Wall of China and North Korean analogs.

Nanotechnology is innovative and its application can disrupt electrical grids (Nano is derived from the Greek word for dwarf). It includes manipulating and manufacturing particles at the microscopic and atomic levels, between 1 nanometer and 100 nanometers. Nanotechnology allows for more accurate control of fuel combustion and detonation of explosives. The application could also be used on autonomously targeted projectiles including rockets.

The center’s objectives and strategic location make it clear that it is to be used in the design and testing of Russia’s cyberwarfare technology, including for blackout and disorientation purposes. For now, the attacks seem to be in the testing phases, targeting civilian systems, in an attempt to weaken economies and to create chaotic conditions in the West.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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