A Russian state TV station has done a segment informing residents about what to take into bomb shelters in the event of the incoming third world war. Rossiya-24, owned by the Kremlin, explained that people were widely concerned about what might happen in the event of nuclear war, and there had been a series of scare stories spreading through areas of Russia and frightening natives. Russians were told to pack iodine, in order to protect themselves from radiation, and to abandon more fun items like chocolate and sweets above ground. The warnings were designed to calm residents who had been watching the crisis over the situation in Syria, as global players soured against Russian influence and were feared to be running out of patience.
The presenter of the show explained that he had his suspicions about a new Cold War over a year ago, saying: "A year ago when I said we had entered a new Cold War, nobody agreed with me. Now everyone agrees but it has become clear that events in this second Cold War develop a lot quicker. It’s only just started and, here you go, we already have Cuban Missile Crisis 2.0. The food supply for doomsday includes many items but the main idea behind packing an emergency stock is less sweets, more water. Pack rice as it can be stored for up to eight years, and oatmeal for three to seven years. Buckwheat, a Russian favourite, only lasts one year. Obviously, you can survive on tinned meat for quite a while – up to five years, while canned fish keeps for not more than two years. Of course it is hard to do without milk, at least powdered, sugar and salt. Russian tradition suggests we should buy pasta in times of cataclysms. But professional survivors do not recommend taking this product into bomb shelters."
A self-proclaimed 'expert', Eduard Khalilov, was also interviewed over Skype and said: "The more water, the better. You can survive for two to three weeks without food, but it gets really hard without water after three days only. Water is needed to digest food too. And water is the first thing one should think of. Life in the underground world will be particularly hard for the sweet toothed. Chocolates, sweets, condensed milk, all this will have to be left behind. Yes, glucose is a great source of energy but sweets cause thirst, and water will become the most precious source for residents of bomb shelters." The segment, in typical Russian fashion, was capped off with a dramatic bombshell about American doomsday preppers who were apparently far more scared than brave Russians about the upcoming apocalypse, with the presenter commenting: "It is interesting whether Russians believe this nonsense…. After electing (Donald) Trump, the business of American producers of bomb shelters is booming."