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Approved For Release 2000/, q~j I .C~A,t P9 A Subliminal Dr. Strangelove Mind: Using the power of hidden suggestions, this Russian scientist tries to rewire the brain has electrodes attached to his chest and shaved head. He has just watched subliminal mes- sages on a screen and listened through earphones to other im- pulses disguised as noise. Smir- nov says he's trying to stimulate the child-rearing cluster of Sla- va's brain to encourage him to care more for his soon-to-be- born baby and less about his next hit of heroin. Smirn ov says that in Soviet times the_,government funded his lab caner Is . t~1~1 Russia s economy has collapsed, andwithitfundingfort he securi- ~y_forces and military Smirnov gets one 20 00 a year, he says. lady come to see him looking for exampl, for help in getting business partners to sign contracts that are against their interest. He won't do it, he says: hat would-be unethi- ca . In an case, there is no doubt that some- body is watt ng him c ose v. S ort v after NEWSWEEK'S reporter visited his lab, two burly toughs in suits and diamond rings showed u at NEWSWEEK'S MOSCOW Office asking questions about Smirnov. T Fey claimed to be in business with him, but he says he doesn't know them. KGB? Mafia? Smirnov shrugs them off, but, whoever they are, the doctor of subliminal subversion might be wise to watch his back. DORIN DA ELLIOTT in Moscow with JOHN BARRY in Washington Approved For Release 2000/08/11: CIA-RDP96-00792R000500560003-9 HEN BRANCH DAVIDIAN SECT MEM- berjhunkered down in their Waco compound last year and threatened to commit suicide the FBI turned to an unlikely source. Experts from the FBI Counter-Ter- rorism Center secretly met in Arlington, Va., with a long-haired Russian Dr. Strangelove called Igor Smirnov. His Ian: i in sublim- inal messages from sect mem ers' ami ies It.rough the .hone lines during negotiations. For David Koresh, the self-appointed proph-. et, the FBI had a special voice in mind: God, as played by Charlton Heston. your throat." In the- wron -hands he ex- plains his techniques could push people into violent acts. Using electroencephalographs, he meas- ures brain waves, then uses computers to create a map of the subconscious and various human imulses, such as anger or the sex drive. Then, throu h to ed subliminal mes- sages he claims to physica v a ter t at an scape with the power of suggestlon. At the University of Michigan, Howard Sheyrin has also studied the relationship between brain res onses and the unconscious, but he has dou is a out t erapeutic app cations. "I'm not sure this should be tampered with. The effects could be harmful." In Smirnov's cluttered lab, Slava, a tattooed heroin addict, He hopes to attract Western in- vestment. -Meanwhile, Smirnov says that Russian gan stern re u- Virtual reality it's not: Smirnov in his lab Th., FBI backed out of Smirnov's Waco trate-- andthecrisisendedinblazingdisas- ter.pchological warfare experts on all sides still dream that they will one day control the enemy's mind. And in a tiny, dun eonhke lab in the basement of Moscow's ominous y named Institute of Psycho-orrection, Smir- no and other Russian psychiatrists are aT- r_eady working on schizophrenics, drug ad- dicts and cancer patients. You've heard of subliminal advertising, right? The psychiatric community generally agrees that subliminal erce tion exists; a smalrer fringe grooup believes it can a use to change the psyche, And that could be bad as well as good. "A knife can be used to cut sausage," Smirnov warns cryptically, "or cut