By Dark Politricks
There is a lot of evidence that the series of Russian apartment bombings which occurred in September 1999, killing 293 people and injuring 651 and which brought Vladimir Putin to power, were actually committed by Russian State security services mainly the FSB.
This evidence comes from a number of sources including an eye witness who saw subsequently arrested FSB agents planting bags of explosives at one apartment block in Ryazan, the explosive expert who defused the bomb, an apparent confession by an ex GRU officer and much investigation by brave independent journalists and reporters many of whom paid with their lives for speaking out.
This included the famous investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya who was executed on Putin’s birthday (seen as a message by many) and Alexander Litvinenko the ex Russian spy who wrote about the bombings, accused Putin for Anna’s execution and was executed by being poisoned in London two weeks later.
The bombings which were the largest series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Russia’s history were used as a pretext for going to war with Chechnya again and brought the ex KGB agent Vladimir Putin to power as a popular but authoritarian strong man.
The evidence for FSB involvement is as follows:
Denial of involvement by the Chechen rebels accused of the attacks.
Most terrorist organisations are all too happy to claim responsibility for the attacks they carry out. There is little point of any remedy to the underlying cause of any conflict if one of the participants does not know why or who is attacking them.
In a similar manner to Bin Laden who denied all responsibility of 9.11 in the interview he gave immediately after those attacks the primary suspect behind the bombings a Chechen Rebel leader named Ibn Al-Khattab, denied any involvement for the attacks stating that “he was fighting the Russian army, not women and children”.
One of the other rebels who was accused, Achemez Gochiyayev, has also claimed that he was framed by the FSB who had asked him to rent out four of the apartments involved in the attack. Once the first two bombs exploded someone rang the police giving his name and told them the locations of the other bombs at apartments in Borisovskie Prudy and Kapotnya. The police managed to defuse these bombs and many lives were saved.
FSB agents caught in the Russian city of Ryazan
Three FSB agents were caught a day after they planted a large bomb in the basement of an apartment complex in the town of Ryazan in September 22, during the series of bombings.That was last of the bombings. Russian Minister of Internal Affairs Rushailo and Vladimir Putin congratulated citizens with preventing the terrorism act (as they called it), but FSB Director Nikolai Patrushev declared that the incident was a training exercise later, when he had learned that the FSB agents from Moscow were caught by local FSB and police while trying to escape the city.
The Russian Deputy Prosecutor declared in 2002 that a comprehensive testing of the samples showed no traces of any explosives, and that sacks from Ryazan in fact contained only sugar. However Yuri Tkachenko, the police explosives expert who defused the Ryazan bomb, insisted that it was real. Tkachenko said that the explosives, including a timer, a power source, and a detonator were genuine military equipment and obviously prepared by a professional. He also said that the gas analyzer that tested the vapors coming from the sacks unmistakably indicated the presence of RDX.
Tkachenko said that it was out of the question that the analyzer could have malfunctioned, as the gas analyzer was of world class quality, costing $20,000 and was maintained by a specialist who worked according to a strict schedule, checking the analyzer after each use and making frequent prophylactic checks. Tkachenko pointed out that meticulous care in the handling of the gas analyzer was a necessity because the lives of the bomb squad experts depended on the reliability of their equipment. The police officers who answered the original call and discovered the bomb also insisted that it was obvious from its appearance that the substance in the bomb was not sugar.
Attempts at coercion of witnesses and evidence tampering
Mark Blumenfeld who owned one of the warehouses involved at Guryanov St was initially shown a composite sketch of the suspect that was latter changed to look like one of the Chechen rebels the Russians were claiming were behind the attacks Achemez Gochiyaev. He also said that he was pressured to testify at the one attempt of an independent inquest to say that the latter sketch was the person who had rented the apartment.
The changing a story about the type of explosives used in the Ryazan bomb
It was initially reported by the FSB that the explosives used by the terrorists was RDX (or “hexogen”). However, it was officially declared later that the explosive was not RDX, but a mixture of aluminum powder, niter (saltpeter), sugar, and TNT prepared by the perpetrators in a concrete mixer at a fertilizer factory in Urus-Martan, Chechnya.
The strange incident in Russian Parliament
On September 13, just hours after the second explosion in Moscow, Russian Duma speaker Gennadiy Seleznyov of the Communist Party made a surprising announcement: “I have just received a report. According to information from Rostov-on-Don, an apartment building in the city of Volgodonsk was blown up last night”. However the bombing in Volgodonsk took place only three days later, on September 16. When the Volgodonsk bombing happened, Vladimir Zhirinovsky demanded an explanation in Duma, but Seleznev turned his microphone off.
Two years later, in March 2002, Seleznyov claimed in an interview that he had been referring to an unrelated hand grenade-based explosion, which did not kill anyone and did not destroy any buildings, and which indeed happened in Volgodonsk. It remains unclear why Seleznyov reported such an insignificant incident to the Russian Parliament and why he did not explain the misunderstanding to Zhirinovsky and other Duma members.
A GRU member confesses to involvement in the Buynaksk bombings
In December 1999, journalist Robert Young Pelton interviewed senior lieutenant Aleksey Galkin, a GRU officer who was a prisoner of the Chechen rebels. Galkin confessed that the bombing in Buynaksk was organized by a GRU team under the general command of the head of the 14th section of the Central Intelligence Office, Lt. Gen. Kostechko, and GRU director Valentin Korabelnikov. Pelton describes the interview with Galkin in his book Three Worlds Gone Mad.
Galkin escaped from captivity at the beginning of 2000. After his escape he stated that Chechen rebels had tortured him to force statements he made to Pelton. His claims have been supported by medical expertise. The Duma, on a pro-Kremlin party line vote, voted to seal all materials related to the Ryazan incident for the next 75 years and forbade an investigation into what happened.
The deliberate obstruction of the Kovalev commission into the apartment bombings
An independent public commission to investigate the bombings chaired by Duma deputy Sergei Kovalev, was rendered ineffective because of government refusal to respond to its inquiries. In 2002 and 2003 prominent members of the Kovalevs commission underlined they had no information about the initiator of the bombings, but stressed, that the theory of the FSB involvement, published in the book of Litvinenko and Felshtinsky seems to be even more doubtful than the results of the official investigation.
Two key members of the Kovalev Commission, Sergei Yushenkov and Yuri Shchekochikhin, both Duma members, have since died in apparent assassinations in April 2003 and July 2003 respectively. Another member of the commission, Otto Lacis, was assaulted in November 2003 and two years later on November 3 2005, died in hospital after a car accident.
The arrest of an independent investigator that was researching the bombings for the commission
The commission of Sergei Kovalev asked lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin to investigate the case. Trepashkin found that the basement of one of the bombed buildings was rented by FSB officer Vladimir Romanovich and that the latter was witnessed by several people. However Trepashkin was unable to bring the evidence to the court because he was arrested in October 2003, allegedly for “disclosing state secrets”, just a few days shortly before he was to make his findings public. He was sentenced by a military closed court to four years imprisonment.
Amnesty International issued a statement after his arrest that stated:
“there are serious grounds to believe that Mikhail Trepashkin was arrested and convicted under falsified criminal charges which may be politically motivated, in order to prevent him continuing his investigative and legal work related to the 1999 apartment bombings in Moscow and other cities”.
Romanovich subsequently died in a hit and run accident in Cyprus. According to Trepashkin, his supervisors and people from the FSB promised not to arrest him if he left the Kovalev commission and started working together with the FSB “against Alexander Litvinenko”.
Commission chairman Kovalev summarized their findings as follows: “What can I tell? We can prove only one thing: there was not any training exercise in the city of Ryazan. Authorities do not want to answer any questions…”
Advanced knowledge of attacks
On June 6 1999, three months before the bombings, Swedish journalist Jan Blomgren wrote in newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that one of options considered by the Kremlin leaders was “a series of terror bombings in Moscow that could be blamed on the Chechens.”
On July 22, Moscow newspaper Moskovskaya Pravda published leaked documents about an operation “Storm in Moscow”, which by organizing terrorist acts to cause chaos would bring about a state of emergency, thus saving the Yeltsin regime.
Russian Duma member Konstantin Borovoi said that he had been “warned by an agent of Russian military intelligence of a wave of terrorist bombings” prior to the blasts.
Investigative reporters silenced for speaking out
The ex FSB and KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko who gained political asylum in the UK and became a vocal critic of Putin and the authoritarian regime he was turning Russia back into. He spoke out about his suspicions of FSB involvement in a number of interviews and wrote two books that detailed how the FSB was linked to the Russian Mafia and how they were behind the apartment bombings.
He was poisoned by a radioactive substance polonium-210 in London after meeting with a Russian agent and died shortly afterwards cursing Putin on his deathbed:
“You may succeed in silencing me but that silence comes at a price. You have shown yourself to be as barbaric and ruthless as your most hostile critics have claimed. You have shown yourself to have no respect for life, liberty or any civilised value. You have shown yourself to be unworthy of your office, to be unworthy of the trust of civilised men and women. You may succeed in silencing one man but the howl of protest from around the world will reverberate, Mr Putin, in your ears for the rest of your life.”
“May God forgive you for what you have done, not only to me but to beloved Russia and its people.”
Anna Politkovskaya was an investigative reporter who had written a book titled “Putins Russia” in which she detailed the life of the average citizen in the corrupt regime that Russia had become under Putin. She details a horrible life full of paid off Judges who are attacked for not letting the right criminals go free, soldiers who are no better than slaves and the war crimes being committed in Cheyena during the 2nd war which was precipitated by the apartment bombings.
She attacked Putin for wanting to return Russia to it’s former Soviet Union status and tried to intervene multiple times during Chechen terrorist hostage situations. She said of Putin:
“Under President Putin we won’t be able to forge democracy in Russia and will only turn back to the past. I am not an optimist in this regard and so my book is pessimistic. I have no hope left in my soul. Only a change of leadership would allow me to have hope but it’s a political winter. The Kremlin is turning the country back to its Soviet past.”
For speaking out so publicly she was executed in a Mafioso style hit which co-incidentally occurred on Putin’s birthday.
Whilst some people may claim that the evidence is either circumstantial or not strong enough to prove FSB involvement we all know that people are convicted in courts every day for less and we also have seen with our own eyes the authoritarian nature of Putin’s Russia and the unhindered rise of the Russian Mafia across the globe.
Whether or not the events can be proved beyond reasonable doubt one thing is for sure, and that’s like the attacks of 9.11, the Moscow bombings were used by a large powerful country as an excuse to go to war against a smaller nation.
Leaving aside any political cover that the attacks provided Putin, we should also realise that the type of attack being accused of taking place is a typical false flag attack and that these types of attack are unfortunately common practise in certain quarters.
History proves that false flag attacks have been used when the desired outcome is an angered populace and then war and the pattern of evidence uncovered seems to fit such a methodology perfectly.
From the Reichstag fire to the Lavon Affair false flag attacks have been and are being used by intelligence agencies to pin the blame on those they wish to attack all the time. The more instances of events we can prove were attacks of this nature the more it backs up the claims of those who are demanding new independent investigations into other suspected false flag attacks such as 9.11.
With all crimes we have to ask ourselves who had the most to gain from the attack?
Was it Putin who gained total power over Russia and got his 2nd war with Chechnya that totally destroyed the country, or was the Chechen rebels who were accused of the attacks, and then smashed into pieces over the years through war and executions by the Russian military.
I will let you decide.