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Terror Threat is Still Relevant in Russia
March 29, 2011 15:17

A year passed since Moscow Metro terror attacks. The 2010 Moscow Metro suicide bombings carried out by two women during the morning rush hour of March, 29, killed 40 people.

On March, 29, Russia is commemorating victims of that two blasts, occured in the subway on Lubyanka and Park Kultury stations. Citizens are bringing flowers and candles to these places since the early morning.

The first suicide attack took place inside a a crowded train at Lubyanka station at 8 A.M. and the second explosion happened 40 minutes later at Park Kultury station. "The two female suicide bombers who blew themselves up that day were identified as Dagestani nationals Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova and Mariam Sharipova", according to the Voice of Russia. 160 people were injured and 40 died. According to the Voice of Russia, "the mastermind of the bombings was head of the underground militant movement Magomedali Vagabov, whose gang was involved in a number of other crimes as well. He and his associates were eradicated in August 2010 during a raid by special forces in Dagestan".

Alexander Bortnikov, head of Russian Federal Security Service, announced the elimination of three accomplices of the terrorist act. That people accompanied suicide bombers to Moscow and took them directly to the place of attack. That's a pity to note that many experts, in particular, Sergei Sokolov, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, a specialist in the issues of North Caucasus, put attention on the fact that security forces had chosen the wrong tactics to fight terrorism. It is known, that there are no living suspects of the terrorist acts over the past 10 years.

According to the Deutsche Welle, the experts notice, that security tactitcs is doubly erroneous. On the one hand, we can see that people in the North Caucasus are dying before their guilt is proven in a court. This means that it is possible to blame almost every man killed during the anti-terror operation in organizing a terrorist act. Secondly, arrested suspects may help to prevent any further crime, as it is known that all the suiciders are prepared for the attack by the same people. And, finally, it is necessary to have a network of agents in the North Caucasus to establish the preventive work, according to Sergey Goncharov, deputy of Moscow Duma, veteran of special forces, Alpha association president.

In addition, the Deutsche Welle notes, that a special operation in the North Caucasus continues. Mass Media reports too often about Dagestan counter-terror operations, so there are new victims, more death and more widows, ready to take vengeance by suicide bombings.

The threat of terrorist attacks is still relevant for people living in Russia. The recent Domodedovo airport tragedy has shown that. Also, Security Services were told an another explosion could happen. On March 28, 2011, all police control measures in Moscow Metro were strengthened, as the Interior Ministry of Dagestan has announced a possible terrorist activity, noting that two possible suicide bombers have left Dagestan for Moscow with a possible aim to explode a bomb.

According to Igor Khokhlov, political analyst and expert at the Institute of World Economy and International Relations, security levels in Russia are rather high as compared to other countries. He noted, that "huge efforts have been made to enhance security and reduce the number of terrorist attacks in Russia, and the country manages to frustrate most of the terrorists’ plans".


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