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Russia, Moscow Reel From Bomb Threats


Shades of 1999. 

In 1999, four apartment building bombings were ostensibly blamed on Chechnyan terrorists and another War on Chechnya was launched. That theory of Chechnya being responsible has largely been ignored, as the more probable culprit was the FSB.  Putin, the President of Russia, is largely credited with launching the bombings as a way to ensure his Presidency. No investigation was ever launched. None Dare Call It a Conspiracy.  

We have now had another bombing of an apartment building in Moscow. This is being followed by telephone bomb threats all over Russia, and, now, in Moscow. 

Once again, we think of Putin’s role behind the 1999 bombings.  In the current crisis, so far there have been no links to any group or country, but some believe it is only a matter of time before such an accusation is made.  

What is troublesome, however, is that the FSB’s leftovers from FAPSI have a lock on the Russian telephone network. Why are they not revealing who made the telephone threats?  Why are there no transcripts or arrests?  Why is the FSB withholding information which they certainly must have? This is an obvious security threat to Russia, why isn’t the FSB reassuring the Russian public with information, revelations of finding the culprits, a little data from all this grossly expensive intelligence network that is supposed to be protecting Russia? 

First, a war in Chechnya was launched in 1999.  What are the desired results of these telephone threats?  Who is taking responsibility?  With Russia blocked in almost every strategic effort, what is their strategic plan?  Is this a ploy to get global sympathy?  That’s not Russia’s style. Is this a “provocation” for something else?  Ukraine, the US, the UK, Belarus, Turkey?  

Putin is remaining quiet.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Telephone Bomb Threats Return to Moscow, Adding to Sense of Looming Disaster

Paul Goble

Staunton, January 14 – Over a million Russians were evacuated from buildings between September 2017 and September 2018 because of telephone bomb threats that proved to be false (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/09/more-than-million-russians-have-been.html). There’ve been more since (windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2018/11/telephone-bomb-threats-again-empty.html).

But most of these were not in Moscow, thus allowing the Russian authorities to either ignore them altogether or play them down in state-controlled media. Now, however, they have come to Moscow, emptying a major shopping districts and the three airports of the capital (echo.msk.ru/news/2351777-echo.html and echo.msk.ru/news/2351761-echo.html).

As in the past, the police initially refused to confirm what people could see with their own eyes (kp.ru/daily/26928/3978827/), until they could claim that they had identified those responsible, in this case, someone from Tatartan they described as mentally ill (znak.com/2019-01-14/v_tatarstane_zaderzhan_muzhchina_kotoryy_segodnya_zaminiroval_aeroporty_moskve  and lenta.ru/news/2019/01/14/zaminiroval/).

Because these bomb threats involve Moscow locations and because they come on top of what is becoming a wave of gas explosions and other technogenic disasters (vpressa.ru/accidents/article/221638/), they can’t be ignored and thus are adding to a sense among many Russians that the situation in their country is out of control.

Such feelings are only likely to grow if more gas explosions take place in the coming winter months, when they are most likely, and if others engage in copycat crimes and telephone in even more bomb threats that the authorities will have little choice but to take seriously even if they try to play them down.