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World War III to be Underway by 2018, Russian Predicts

Aired August 10, 2002 - 18:25   ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.


CAROL LIN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, early Tuesday morning as many as 80 meteors an hour could streak across the inky, black sky. It's the Perseids meteor shower, which lasts two weeks but peaks Tuesday morning around 2:00.
Meteorologists say if you can't stay up that late you can still see the start of it late Monday night.

Experts say the Perseids stands out because many of the meteors leave lingering, persistent trails of light.

Well, one man in Russia spends quite a bit of his time gazing at the stars but he's not looking for meteors. As CNN's Moscow Bureau Chief Jill Dougherty explains, he's looking for the future.

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JILL DOUGHERTY, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): An explosion sinks a nuclear submarine killing all aboard. Fire destroys a Moscow television tower. A president suddenly steps down. What if someone could predict or prevent cataclysmic events like these?

For years the Russian military has taken predicting the future seriously. In St. Petersburg a former Navy captain says, "Our faith really is in the stars."

Alexander Buzinov did predict these events. He didn't specify the submarine Kursk by name, he didn't know which TV tower would catch fire, he didn't say when Boris Yeltsin would resign, but he did have an inkling something would happen when and where it did.

Buzinov used to head a top secret military laboratory that developed techniques for predicting armed conflicts and technological and natural disasters.

In 1994 he retired and started his own research center. Clients include government agencies as well as private individuals and companies.

Everything on earth, he says, is directly affected by the movement of planets. He also studies the technical conditions of objects in a given time and place.

This method, which he calls astrocartography, can also be applied to people. BUZINOV: We predicted that Vladimir Putin would be president three years before it happened. We determined there would have to be early elections and the new president would have to be born in 1952.

DOUGHERTY: Six months before September 11th Buzinov claims his research center determined there was a strong possibility Osama bin Laden would carry out a major terrorist attack, perhaps in the United States.

Not all of his predictions have come true, like his claim the Russian president would fire his prime minister this spring.

On Iraq Buzinov says if the U.S. acts alone it will fail. If it joins a coalition it could succeed, but not until 2005.

U.S. president George W. Bush would serve just one term, he says. But by 2018 the U.S. just might do away with the presidency entirely.

Of course, that might not matter much if, as he predicts, World War III will already be underway. Jill Dougherty, St. Petersburg, Russia.

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