Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moscow Bomb: Medvedev Says Russia Safe For Investors

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is to address world leaders at the Davos economic forum in Switzerland, just 48 hours after the Moscow bomb attack at Domodedovo airport which killed 35 people and left more than 100 wounded.

Mr Medvedev will aim to reassure the foreign business community that Russia is still a safe place to invest.

Both President Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin continue to promote the use of violence to counter the violence of the extremists.

Mr Putin has warned that “retribution is inevitable” for the airport bombing, while the president has said that if any “bandits” involved in the attack try to resist arrest, they should be “dealt with without ceremony, they must be destroyed there and then”.
This may provide instant reassurance to voters that something is being done in response to the attacks, but in the long term it is counter-productive.

“After every attack, the Kremlin tried to direct the security services to kill and eliminate terrorists, but it doesn’t help,”
says Andrei Soldatov, a security expert and author of a recent book on Russia’s main intelligence agency, the FSB.
“For example 2010 was the most successful year for the security services. They killed a number of high profile ring-leaders of the militants. But we see it doesn’t help us prevent these terrorist attacks.”
On the streets of the capital there is a cynical and fatalistic mood, with people telling the BBC that the extra security measures called for in the immediate aftermath of Monday’s bombing will soon be forgotten and the same thing will happen again.

There is even some sympathy for the militants assumed to be behind the attacks. One man told me he could understand their desperation.
“They have their loved ones killed or in prison and the authorities are not listening to their appeals. But they should understand that they only make things worse, there is no need for bloodshed.”

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