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Moscow bombings—another excuse for war?

Issue No. 2195

The response to the bombing of the Moscow underground on Monday was predictable.

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev labelled the bombers “beasts” and said, “We will find and destroy them all.”

Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin vowed that, “Terrorists will be destroyed.”

No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and much of the British press blamed rebels from the North Caucasus—which includes Chechnya and Ingushetia.

It is the case that fighters from the Caucasus have carried out terrorist attacks against national oppression by the Russian state.

But it is worth recalling that Putin consolidated his power in Russia on the back of bombings in 1999 and used them as an excuse to invade of Chechnya.

These bombings were pinned on the same group that was blamed for this week’s attacks.

In fact, the culprits were the FSB, which was caught planting one of the bombs.

Putin headed the FSB until August 1999.

The danger is that through the noise of denunciations another invasion, probably of Ingushetia, will be justified by a bombing.

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Tue 30 Mar 2010, 18:50 BST
Issue No. 2195
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