Russian astrologers once predicted World War III to start within five days of Sochi Olympics

As the Sochi Games wrapped up the Closing Ceremony on February 23 political tensions boiled over in the former Soviet nation of Ukraine.

With protests having turned deadly over the preceding week president Viktor Yanukovych fled to Russia on February 22 as transitional authorities took power. Protesters stormed the Presidential Palace and February 22 marked the start of a firm schism between pro-Russian loyalists and progressive Ukrainians who favor integration into the rest of Europe. The following weeks would see a historic land grab as Putin sent the Russian military to seize the Ukranian peninsula of Crimea under Moscow’s rule and Poland asked for NATO protection should Putin try to invade its sovereign borders. It was the single most hostile moment between Russia and the West since the Cold War.

Strangely enough, in 2011 a group of Russian astrologers predicted the start of World War III to coincide with the Sochi Olympics. Specifically, they said the conflict “may start five days after the Games end.”

A 2011 report in the Russian paper Pravda cited “well-known Russian astrologists, shamans and parapsychologists”—because apparently there are “well-known” shamans in Russia:

The participants of the meeting also unveiled the date for the beginning of Third World War. The new war is said to begin in March of 2014, during the Olympic Games in Sochi. It is also possible that the war may start five days after the Games end. Globa did not say in which country exactly the war would begin. He only said that the African revolutions would slowly be moving towards Russia. Massive protests will eventually spark in Central Asia, the astrologist said.

They also said “In the nearest future, one shall expect revolutions in Syria,” which is a little spooky.

Lucky for us, there isn’t really such thing as a world war any more. Obama explicitly warned Putin that there would be “costs” for grabbing Crimea with military force, but BusinessWeek is already speculating that there won’t be. Plus in Russia’s operation there hasn’t been a single shot fired—at least not yet. When it comes to the prospect of world war we seem to have thoroughly learned the lesson of mutually assured destruction and seem more likely than ever to classify conflicts like Crimea as regional struggles.

Of course, if Poland’s anxiety is warranted and Putin turns out to be crazy enough to invade there, Russia’s well-known parapsychologists may be proven right after all. Not likely, but crazier things have happened, I guess.

H/t: reddit