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 Another Election, Another Terrorist Attack!


A terrorist attack took place in Moscow on Friday evening. On 22 March, RIA Novosti reported: "On Friday, a terrorist attack took place in the Crocus City Hall concert hall in the north-west of Moscow. According to preliminary information, at least three people in camouflage opened fire, later there were explosions, the fire after which almost completely destroyed the upper floors of the building. Forty people died and more than a hundred were injured."


It has become a tradition in Russia that when difficult political and economic times come, terrorist attacks take place in the country. Putin came to power on the wave of terrorist attacks when there was a series of explosions in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999. At that time, many experts and journalists disagreed with the results of the official investigation and supported the version that the bombings were organised by the FSB in order to bring Putin to power. And there are many such examples.

As a rule, there are several components in Russian terrorist attacks. These are the Islamic factor, the participants are citizens of the Caucasus or Central Asia, and the participants are either killed on the spot or caught in the shortest possible time. The terrorist attack in Crocus City Hall was no exception. The next day it was announced that 11 people and 4 direct participants of the terrorist attack were detained. IS claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack through the Kharosan cell. The detainees are Tajiks, citizens of Tajikistan.

If we talk about the terrorist attack itself, then, firstly: it is impossible to imagine Moscow without police officers standing on every corner, much less holding large concerts without the participation of police, reinforcement, not to mention during military situation and warnings of possible terrorist attacks. Thus, on 8 March, the US Embassy in Russia urged Americans in the country to avoid large gatherings of people due to the threat of terrorist attacks. Putin said at a meeting of the FSB board on 19 March: "I would also like to remind you of recent, to put it bluntly, provocative statements by a number of official Western structures about the possibility of terrorist attacks in Russia. All this resembles outright blackmail and the intention to intimidate and destabilise our society". And yet, the criminals shoot people, set fire to the building and drive away without meeting any resistance in their way.

Secondly, anyone who has lived in Moscow knows what traffic jams are, and on Friday evening, it is rush hour, when people tend to leave the suburbs, and the criminals could not easily come and go from the scene of the crime, armed with automatic rifles and a means of arson for such a large scale. From the above, we can conclude that the authorities of the country, and in particular the FSB, are involved in this crime.

As for the purpose of this terrorist attack. The USA, immediately after the terrorist attack, issued a statement saying that Ukraine was not involved and the attack was carried out by IS. "Ukraine has nothing to do with the terrorist attack in the Moscow Region's Crocus City Hall, the full responsibility for the attack lies with the Islamic State." This was stated by the head of the press service of the National Security Council of the White House Eidrienne Watson." TASS reports. Ukrainian officials also denied Russia's statements about Ukraine's involvement in the attack.

It is obvious that at the moment, against the backdrop of the US elections, there is a power struggle going on inside, and America does not want any uncontrolled changes on the war between Ukraine and Russia. Therefore, the USA is trying to impose the idea of involvement of IS in the terrorist attack on the whole world, and Russia in particular.

Foreign forces opposing the Kremlin support the idea of involvement of IS in the terrorist attack and try to show that Putin is weak and does not control the situation in the country, and the special services cannot prevent the terrorist attack even in Moscow, about which they warned in advance.

In its turn, the Kremlin blamed Ukraine and pro-Western forces for the terrorist attack. According to Putin, the detained terrorists were moving towards Ukraine, where the Ukrainian side had allegedly prepared a certain "window" for crossing the border. The Federal Security Service (FSB) said that the terrorists had planned to cross the border between Russia and Ukraine and had "appropriate contacts on the Ukrainian side".

Censored by the Kremlin, the war in Ukraine is called a SMO - special military operation. But on the morning of 22 March, just before the terrorist attack, Putin's press secretary, in an interview with Argumenty i Fakty, allowed himself to say this: "We are in a state of war. Yes, it started out as a special military operation, but as soon as this bunch was formed there, when the collective West became involved in this on the side of Ukraine, it has already become a war for us. I am convinced of that." Which suggests that the Kremlin is not going to peace talks, but intends to finish what it started.

On 17 March, the next election ended, where no one doubted that Putin would remain in power. And as it usually happens, immediately after the elections, Putin begins to destroy the people of Russia with even greater zeal.

At the moment, there is a growing dissatisfaction in Russia with the duration of the war in Ukraine, and an unwillingness to go to die. The authorities need a convincing reason to mobilise again and continue the war even more fiercely. This terrorist attack is exactly what the Kremlin needs to persuade a discontented people to go to war in Ukraine. And so we hear Kremlin officials insisting that Ukraine was involved in the attack.

One thing remains true, the disbelievers use the rule that the end justifies the means! Kafirs sacrifice their people in order to achieve their goals. They are not interested and do not need the wants and problems of the people. They are ready to blow up and kill their own citizens in order to achieve power, wealth and success.

Written for the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir by
Eldar Khamzin
Member of the Central Media Office of Hizb ut Tahrir

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