Oil & Energy Investor by Dr. Kent Moors

A Different Kind of “Influencer” – Saudi Arabia’s Influence on Oil

by | published January 19th, 2019

I’ve recently been introduced to a new word, one that spawned from the Age of the Internet, not to mention the age of (at least in my view) egoism.

This word is “Influencer.”

I admit, although I do try to keep track of the various technological advances online like Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, the mysteries and intricacies of Instagram were lost on me.

Well, I’ve recently been schooled in the ways of the social media “Influencer.”

The Man Who Saved the World: Part III

by | published January 18th, 2019

Initially, Arkhipov’s courage wasn’t celebrated in his home country.

Indeed, he and his fellow B-59 submariners returned to the Soviet Union facing disgrace – and possibly even torture, imprisonment or execution.

As one Soviet admiral told them: “It would have been better if you’d gone down with your ship.”

Soviet Defense Minister Andrei Grechko required each captain to submit a written account of what had occurred. He was apparently livid the sub had violated the strict secrecy orders by surfacing – and upon learning what happened allegedly smashed his glasses on a table and stormed out of the room.

Fortunately, Arkhipov had a big factor working in his favor: He was already a hero.

In July 1961, he’d been appointed deputy commander and executive officer of the new Hotel-class ballistic-missile sub K-19.

While running through some exercises off the southeast coast of Greenland, the nuclear-powered “boomer” developed a leak in its reactor-cooling system – which then failed.

The radio system also failed, meaning the sub couldn’t contact Moscow.

The engineering crew eventually made the repairs – sacrificing themselves in the process – and a nuclear meltdown was averted. But the boat’s entire crew was irradiated. All the engineering officers and their divisional officer died within the month, and 15 more sailors died from the after-effects over the next two years.

Arkhipov, 36 years old at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, was always known as a quiet, shy, unassuming man. His official portrait depicts a man with bushy, salt-and-pepper hair, a solemn, almost-baleful countenance – and a uniform covered with medals.

Arkhipov was born in 1926 to a peasant family near Moscow. In August 1945, he served aboard a minesweeper in Russia’s war against Japan.

As time passed, his contributions clearly became more appreciated.

He continued to serve in the Soviet Navy, first commanding submarines and then submarine squadrons. He became a rear admiral in 1975, a vice admiral in 1981 and later became head of the Kirov Naval Academy. He retired in the middle 1980s and settled in a town about 13 miles east of Moscow.

Arkhipov and his wife Olga Arkhipova had a daughter named Elena. And they remained married until he died of kidney cancer – likely related to the K-19 incident – in August 1998. Ironically, Nikolai Vladimirovich Zatevev, the commander of K-19, died just nine days later.

According to Olga, Arkhipov was intelligent, polite and very calm. On their vacations, he liked to search out newspapers – to stay as current on world events as possible.

Olga said he also had his superstitions. She once found him burning old love letters, claiming that keeping them would bring “bad luck.”