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Havana syndrome, new findings after a journalist's investigation. Media: Russian services could be behind the ailments of US diplomats

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American diplomats in many parts of the world have been complaining about the so-called Havana syndrome for years. Now a journalistic investigation is shedding new light on the matter. According to the findings, the Russian military intelligence services (GRU) may be behind the unexplained ailments, according to the independent website Insider.

Russian services may be behind the “Havana syndrome”, a set of ailments that American diplomats have been complaining about for years, claims the independent portal Insider based in Riga. The website, together with 60 Minutes and “Der Spiegel”, conducted an international journalistic investigation into this matter.

As noted by Insider, the time and place of attacks on diplomats correlates with the departures of members of the Russian military intelligence unit (GRU) called “29155”. Two of the victims saw officers from this unit before or after the attack and recognized them in photos.

High-ranking representatives of this unit received awards and promotions for activities related to the development of “non-lethal acoustic weapons,” Reuters noted, citing a joint publication by Insider, 60 Minutes and “Der Spiegel.”

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According to Insider, the first case of “Havana syndrome” may have occurred before 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany.

What is “Havana syndrome”

“Havana syndrome” is a set of ailments, mainly of a neurological nature, such as migraines, hearing problems, dizziness and sleep and memory disorders. The causes of this condition have not been thoroughly investigated, some believe that the syndrome is caused by attacks carried out using directed electromagnetic or acoustic waves.

US Embassy in HavanaJuancho Torres/Anadolu via Getty Image

In 2016, American diplomats working in the capital of Cuba began to complain about this condition, hence the name of the syndrome. Between then and the end of 2021, about 200 U.S. diplomats, officials and CIA agents working on missions in China, Vietnam, Austria, Germany and other countries reported similar symptoms.

In March 2023 it was announced that American intelligence services do not connect cases of the so-called Havana syndrome with the actions of hostile countries.

This conclusion was preceded several years of investigation. US intelligence agencies considered various hypotheses, even the possibility that extraterrestrials were responsible for the Havana syndrome, but this was ultimately ruled out. The CIA reported in early 2023 that most of the 1,000 cases investigated “can be reasonably explained by medical conditions or environmental and technical factors, including previously undiagnosed diseases.”

READ MORE: The Havana syndrome has been affecting American diplomats for years. New intelligence findings

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