Citing German Military Counterintelligence, LVR reports that the radio may have been deployed by Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) or East German agents, possibly working for the infamous Ministry for State Security or Stasi. “The location in a remote piece of forest corresponds to the recommendations of the Stasi for a ‘conservation hiding place’ for replacement devices,” LVR said in its statement. “Only one kilometer away was a Pershing launch base for the U.S. nuclear weapons stored at Nörvenich Air Base.”
Since East Germany’s files on espionage have largely been destroyed, the radio’s discovery provides important insight into Cold War activity in West Germany.
The area where the radio was found has been earmarked for the site of an opencast mine and reportedly cleared of trees. LiveScience notes that the mysterious artifact was found during a dig to locate an ancient Roman villa. The radio will be on display at the LVR-LandesMuseum in the city of Bonn until March 29.
Discoveries from the Cold War era continue to be a source of fascination. Experts, for example, have been uncovering new details of Soviet bunkers that once housed nuclear warheads hidden deep in Poland’s forests.
Last year a message in a bottle that was cast into the ocean from a Soviet ship 50 years ago washed ashore on a remote Alaskan island.
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