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Female Suicide Bomber In Moscow Subway – Two Blasts – 35 Dead

Posted by Info on 29/03/2010

On Monday morning, two blasts rocked Lubyanka and Park Kultury subway stations in the center of Moscow during the rush hour just after 8:00 a.m. At least 37 were killed and 25 injured in the blast.

The bomber who carried out a terrorist attack in the Moscow subway’s Park Kultury station was a female suicide bomber, a police source said.
“According to preliminary information, an explosive device equivalent to 500 grams to 2 kg of TNT was detonated,” the source said adding that the bomb was detonated at a 100-120 centimeters height, at approximately chest level.

This morning’s Moscow metro bombing follows attacks in which hundreds have been killed
27 Nov 2009 – A bomb blast derails the Nevsky Express with about 700 people on board. At least 26 people are killed and 100 injured.
17 Aug 2009 – A suicide bomber drives a truck into the gates of the main police station in Nazran, the largest city in Ingushetia, killing 20 people and wounding 138 others.
1-3 Sept 2004 – 331 hostages – half of them children – die in collapsing of school, after it is seized by rebels demanding Chechen independence.
24 Aug 2004 – Two Russian passenger planes are blown up almost simultaneously, killing 90 people. One Tu-134, flying to Volgograd, goes down south of Moscow. Moments later a Tu-154 bound for Sochi crashes near Rostov-on-Don.
22 June 2004 – Rebels seize an interior ministry building in Ingushetia, near Chechnya, and attack other locations. At least 92 people are killed including the acting regional interior minister, Abukar Kostoyev.
6 Feb 2004 – A suicide bombing kills at least 39 people and wounds more than 100 on an underground train in Moscow.
5 Dec 2003 – An explosion tears through a morning commuter train just outside Yessentuki station in Russia’s southern fringe. Forty-six people are killed and 160 injured.

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Chechnya: International Delegations “Under Influence Of Local Leaders” ?

Posted by Info on 29/03/2010

A PACE parliamentary delegation, headed by Dick Marti, Rapporteur for Northern Caucasus paid a one-day visit to Chechnya to get acquainted with observance of human rights in the republic. He noted positive changes in the republic which he witnessed. I’m for the first time in Northern Caucasus. The locals are unusually hospitable; it’s a blessed land, having everything for living in peace.”

President Ramzan Kadyrov in the course of his meeting with Dick Marti said that Murders of human right activists Natalia Estemirova and Zarema Sadulayeva were committed with the aim to create the opinion in the society that Chechnya is far from order; and people are still kidnapped and murdered here.
This was committed by international terrorists, or those who support them.

In his turn, Mr Marti described to Ramzan Kadyrov the aim of his visit to the republic: to understand the situation and define what the European family can do to help the Chechen people, who had suffered so much.

Leonid Slutskiy, First Vice-President of the State Duma Committee : “Construction scale here is the highest in Russia’s south…. Criminality is almost at a zero level. Certainly, there are problems here. … We want to show you that Chechnya is now a flourishing region of Northern Caucasus.”

People in Chechnya expect no serious results from the visit of the PACE delegation and treat it with enough scepticism. In the last decade Chechnya and Northern Caucasus saw plenty of delegations, from the UN to European levels; however, no positive changes could be seen in the sphere of human rights and fundamental freedoms,… all the international delegations coming to Chechnya get, from the very first minutes of their stay in the territory of the republic, under the influence of local leadersand then leave in full confidence that everything is OK, said the leader of a local NGO.

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