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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 05:18 PM
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New film seeks truth behind 1999 Moscow apartment bombings
Edited on Mon Sep-06-04 05:22 PM by Minstrel Boy
Screening Horror
A new film seeks the truth behind the 1999 bombings.

Moscow Times, Sept 3

In scenes from the documentary, Tatyana meets others whose lives were torn apart by the blasts -- both bombing victims and those who suffered in other ways. She visits Timur Dakhkilgov, one of the Chechens who were arrested after the explosion, charged with terrorism and quietly released three months later. She attempts to secure the release of official documents. She meets the former Chechen warlord, Akhmed Zakayev. She hires a former lieutenant colonel in the Federal Security Service, or FSB, Mikhail Trepashkin as a lawyer. Trepashkin was later convicted on charges of divulging state secrets, in what human rights organizations called an attempt to squash his investigations.

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Perhaps no one would have suspected the FSB of blowing up apartment buildings in order to secure Putin's electoral victory if not for a curious event in Ryazan. As Russians panicked and organized vigilante squads to watch buildings, three sacks stuffed with white powder and connected to what appeared to be a detonator were discovered in a Ryazan basement on Sept. 22.

The local police declared that preliminary tests showed the powder was hexogen, and evacuated the building. A terrorist attack had been averted, they said. But when circumstantial evidence indicated that the suspects in the case were security agents, the head of the FSB Nikolai Patrushev shocked the country by announcing that his agents had indeed planted the sacks -- but that they weren't filled with hexogen. The powder was sugar. Harmless sugar being used in an exercise.

The Ryazan event didn't sway public opinion. The bombings created tremendous support for the second invasion of Chechnya -- the main platform in Putin's electoral campaign.
http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2004/09/03/10...

More info on the Moscow terror campaign here, including news of an earlier documentary: http://english.terror99.ru/explosions /

From the site, some reasons for suspecting Russian state complicity:

On September 22nd, an imminent explosion was averted in the city of Ryazan. Sacks of white substance and a detonator were found in the basement of an apartment building. Experts determined that the white powder was hexogen, a powerful explosive. The residents were evacuated, and soon congratulated by government officials with having been saved from a deadly explosion, as the bomb was supposed to go off at 5:30am. The Ryazan local police got on the trail and, within 48 hours, arrested the suspects. Much to the surprise of the arresting officers, the terrorists produced identification from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB), a successor of the KGB. Faced with a national scandal, the government changed the story and claimed that the incident in Ryazan was not an averted terrorist act, but FSB's 'readiness exercise'. Nikolai Patrushev, director of the FSB, said that the sacks contained sugar and the detonator was a dummy.

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On September 14, 1999, Gennady Seleznev, the speaker of the Duma known for his close links with the FSB, announced a terrorist attack on the previous night. But he made a mistake -- instead of referring to the bombings at Kashirskoye Shosse in Moscow, he spoke about a building blown up in Volgodonsk -- three days before it actually happened.

Shortly after the Moscow bombings, a soldier, Pvt. Pinyaev, has discovered sacks marked "sugar" at a military warehouse he was guarding. He took some to sweeten his tea only to discover that the substance was anything but sweet. An investigation ensued establishing that the sacks contained hexogen, the explosive used in the bombings. The story was leaked to the press and led to the FSB's investigation of the "breach of national security" and the transfer of Pvt. Pinyaev.

In March 2002, Nikita Chekulin, the Deputy Director of Moscow Explosives Research Institute, requested asylum in the U.K. He disclosed documents demonstrating that large quantities of hexogen have been illegally transferred from military depots to several front companies, which he suspected were set up by the FSB. An investigation of these transactions initiated by the police has been suppressed by the FSB.



What was it Bush said about understanding Putin's soul?



It can't happen...where?
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Old and In the Way Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 05:38 PM
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1. Soul brothers, no doubt.
And Putin seems quite content to help George's re-selection...I wonder why.
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Minstrel Boy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-06-04 06:22 PM
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2. 9/11 was Bush's Moscow on the Hudson.
I think the Moscow bombing is an important story. There are many precedents of states being the secret sponsors of terror against their own people, and the more they are known, the more reasonable 9/11 skepticism appears.
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