RUSSIANS REVIVE SOVIET PLAN TO CHANGE THE COURSE OF MAJOR SIBERIAN RIVERS
Reviving a Brezhnev era Soviet plan to divert Siberian rivers to the arid steppes of Central Asia
, Russian President Putin hopes to save the Aral sea and rebuild economic and political ties with Russia's Muslim " Near Abroad ".
The original plan was skotched under international criticism as unworkable and dangerously unsound as it entailed changing the course of rivers using nuclear explosions. No indication that such shortcuts are envisioned in the new version of the plan.