29 March 2010

Moscow Bombings

Two suicide bombings hit Moscow on Monday. At least 38 people are dead and one of the bombs went off in the subway station underneath the Federal Security Services building (the Russian intelligence agency and successor of the KGB). Given Russia's interest in regional security and desire for infuence in its near abroad (I don't think they're purchasing amphibious assault ships from France just to look cool), I would not be surprised at all to see more overt military operations in the North Caucuses. There were a lot more suicide attacks last year in Russian than in previous years, but to my knowledge this is the first one in Moscow since 2004. Putin certainly isn't leaving any ambiguity about Russia's actions, saying that the attackers "will be destroyed".

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