Dr. Nemets reprinted an interview with Koryagina that was published in Pravda on July 12, 2001—less than 3 months before September 11th, 2001.
It is reprinted as follows:
Pravda: All of the participants at the hearings stated that America is a huge financial pyramid that will crash soon. Still, it is hard to understand how this could happen in the first and richest country of the world—without a war, without missile or bomb strikes?
Koryagina: Besides bombs and missiles, there are other kinds of weaponry, much more destructive ones...
Pravda: Well, economic theory. But how is it possible for you to give an exact date—August 19?
Koryagina: The US is engaged in a mortal economic game. The known history of civilization is merely the visible part of the iceberg. There is a shadow economy, shadow politics and also a shadow history, known to conspirologists. There are [unseen] forces acting in the world, unstoppable for [the most powerful] countries and even continents.
Pravda: Just these forces intend to smash America on August 19?
Koryagina: There are international “superstate” and “supergovernment” groups. In accordance with tradition, the mystical and religious components play extremely important roles in human history. One must take into account the shadow economy, shadow politics and the religious component, while predicting the development of the present financial situation.
Pravda: Still, I don’t understand what could be done to this giant country, whose budget is calculated in the trillions of dollars.
Koryagina: It is possible to do anything to the US...whose total debt has reached $26 trillion. Generally, the Western economy is at the boiling point now. Shadow financial actives of $300 trillion are hanging over the planet. At any moment, they could fall on any stock exchange and cause panic and crash. The recent crisis in Southeast Asia, which touched Russia, was a rehearsal.
Pravda: What is the sense of smashing just America?
Koryagina: The US has been chosen as the object of financial attack because the financial center of the planet is located there. The effect will be maximal. The strike waves of economic crisis will spread over the planet instantly and will remind us of the blast of a huge nuclear bomb.
Pravda: Did Russia’s crisis of 1998 have this religious-mystical component?
Koryagina...The Russian crisis of 1998 was preconditioned by internal factors. Yeltsin’s policy enlarged its consequences. Now we have President Putin, and this is a good choice.
Pravda: What do we have to do now?
Koryagina: Recommendations, compiled by the Duma Commission of Economic Politics after the recent Duma hearings, offer instruction on what should be done to escape the consequences of a world crisis inspired by a financial catastrophe in the US. This document will be sent—or has already been sent—to President Putin.
Pravda: What should Russian citizens do?
Koryagina: They should start changing their dollars for rubles. President Putin and the Russian Central Bank are already taking the necessary healthy measures. There are high chances that after August 19 the ruble will become a very good currency.
Pravda: Why August 19, say, and not the 21st?
Koryagina: Some fluctuation in this date is possible. Serious forces are acting against those who are now preparing the attack on the United States. August, with very high probability, will bring the financial catastrophe to the US...The last 10 days of August have especial importance from a religious-sensible point of view.”
On July 17, 2001, Pravda ran another article involving an interview with the head of that conference in early July. He echoed a similar theme, mentioning that if preparations are taken, Russia could even benefit from the coming financial catastrophe that would collapse the United States. A final article with a warning was published by Pravda on July 31st, 2001 involving an interview with the Malaysian ambassador to Russia, who also attended the conference. He said the exact same thing about the imminent collapse of the dollar.