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103 kilometers later, Russia will be a little closer to Alaska

The Russian Government recently unveiled plans to build the world's longest tunnel, as part of a $65 billion USD project to develop Siberia and warm Russian-U.S. relations.  The tunnel will supply the US with oil, natural gas and even electricity.

The tunnel -- which will include a highway, high-speed rail lines, pipelines, and high-power cables -- will run under the sea in the Bering Strait and connect Russia directly to Alaska.  At 103 kilometers long, it will be over twice as long as the Channel Tunnel between England and France.

The project was unveiled by the Russian Economy Ministry under the name TKM-WorldLink, and will be jointly financed by government and private interests.  Russia plans to formally present the plan to the U.S. Government this week.  Alaska's former governor, Walter Joseph Hickel, is already in Moscow to give a series of talks on the project.

Tsar Nicholas II approved plans in 1905 to connect Siberia and Alaska via an undersea tunnel, but the outbreak of World War I and Nicholas' subsequent death prevented construction from ever starting.

Japanese engineers have offered to drill the tunnel for $60 million per kilometer, a mere $6 billion.  However, the drill cost is only a fraction of the cost of the total project; the Russian side of the strait requires approximately 3,500 kilometers of road, pipe and rail that don't exist yet.  The U.S. side would require at least half that as well. 

In total, the proposition calls for 6,000 km of infrastructure. Conservative estimates put the project completion time at around thirteen years





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Tsar's Death
By vanka on 4/24/2007 3:22:56 PM , Rating: 3
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Tsar Nicholas II approved plans in 1905 to connect Siberia and Alaska via an undersea tunnel, but the outbreak of World War I and Nicholas' subsequent death prevented construction from ever starting.

Death? Try murder. When the blood-thirsty communists took over; they first forced the Tsar to abdicate then forced him and his family into exile on one of his remote estates. After their control was more or less established, they sent agents to execute the Tsar. The royal family was told that they were going to be photographed and so they wore their finest clothes and jewelry. According to accounts, when they were fired on the bullets ricocheted off their jewelry all over the room. After being murdered in cold blood their bodies were dumped in a nearby forest.

It is very interesting to note that Russian communists were some of the first terrorists. They engaged in suicide bombings and assassinations against government officials and even were able to assassinate one Tsar (not counting Tsar Nicholas II).




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