Mind-bending 'psychotronic' guns that can effectively turn people into zombies have been given the go-ahead by Russian president Vladimir Putin. The futuristic weapons - which will attack the central nervous system of their victims - are being developed by the country's scientists. They could be used against Russia's enemies and, perhaps, its own dissidents by the end of the decade. Sources in Moscow say Mr Putin has described the guns, which use electromagnetic radiation like that found in microwave ovens, as 'entirely new instruments for achieving political and strategic goals'. Mr Putin added: 'Such high-tech weapons systems will be comparable in effect to nuclear weapons, but will be more acceptable in terms of political and military ideology.' Plans to introduce the super- weapons were announced quietly last week by Russian defence minister Anatoly Serdyukov, fulfilling a little-noticed election campaign pledge by president-elect Putin.