Sep 12, 2009

1999 Apartment Bombings: Still Asking for the Truth


Remember the 1999 apartment bombings that pulled Russia into a second war with Chechnya and secured Putin's place in the presidency? So do twelve heroic Russian citizens. And they want answers.

VOA: In an open letter, the activists say the bombings brought on a period of "official propaganda and lies" and created "unceasing terrorist threats" from rebels in the North Caucasus.
To this day, David Satter's investigative work on the FSB's involvement in the murder of Russian citizens remains some of the best reporting in English on the topic. "Suspicions only deepened when a fifth bomb was discovered in the basement of a building in Ryazan and those responsible for placing it turned out to be agents of the FSB." Then there's that unanswered question about the hexogen.

Either way, we can only applaud the actions of a few brave souls who only ask for the truth from a government that is supposed to protect them.

4 comments:

Andrew said...
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Andrew said...

Anne Applebaum has an interesting article related to this which links to the an NPR story.

Wikipedia took notice, and contains a link to the article itself.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Great links.

This issue really deserves the attention...and needs more of it.

Miller said...

Great links. This issue really deserves the attention...and needs more of it.