A MYSTERIOUS buzzing sound broadcast from Russia has led to a number of conspiracy theories – including that it could be used to launch a nuclear strike.
For the last 30 years or more a dull monotonous tone, joined every few seconds by buzzing, has been heard around the world on the short wave frequency 24 hours a day.
According to the BBC, it’s transmitted from two locations one near St Petersburg site and a location near Moscow.
It is thought to belong to the Russian military but that has never been admitted.
Anyone in the world can listen in, simply by tuning a radio to 4625 kHz.
The station was originally identified as UVB-76 and then MDZhB but is commonly known as The Buzzer.
The Buzzer has a number of dedicated enthusiasts and even online fan clubs who speculate about its location and true purpose.
One group even claims to have managed to identify the exact location on Google maps outside St Petersburg.
First detected in 1982, The Buzzer is a relic of the Cold War and one idea that has been put forward is that it is a Dead Hand station.
Dead Hand stations were first set up by the Soviet Union to ensure a retaliation if their leadership was wiped out in a nuclear attack
It will stop broadcasting if Russia comes under nuclear attack and then automatically trigger strikes back.
There have been reports that Russia has maintained its Dead Hand system.
Another theory is that The Buzzer is sending messages to submarines or to agents.
Code words and numbers are intermittently played amongst the buzzing leading to speculation they could be encrypted.
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Another one of the myriad explanations is Russia may use the station in moments of crisis, spy network and military forces to standby in certain areas.
Experts and fans remain united, however, in the view that the exact nature of The Buzzer remains a mystery.
“There’s absolutely no information in the signal,” David Stupples, an expert in signals intelligence from London’s City University told the BBC.
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