- April 16, 1996
- An April 16, 1996 New York Times article stated: In a secret project reminiscent of the chilliest days of the Cold War,
Russia is building a mammoth underground military complex in the Ural Mountains, Western officials and Russian witnesses
say. Hidden inside Yamantau Mountain in the Beloretsk area of the southern Urals, the project involved the creation of a
huge complex, served by a railroad, a highway, and thousands of workers.
- Starting in the Brezhnev period, Russia has been pursuing construction of a massive underground facility at Yamantau
Mountain and the city of Mezhgorye (formerly the settlements of Beloretsk-15 and Beloretsk-16). Russia´s 1997 federal
budget lists the project as a closed territory containing installations of the Ministry of Defense. On April 16, 1996, the New
York Times reported on a mysterious military base being constructed in Russia.