Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russian Bloggers Accuse Leaders Of Blast At Domodedovo Airport in Moscow

Posted by Info on 26/01/2011

With nationally-watched television channels under tight state control and only a handful of newspapers daring to criticise the Kremlin, the Internet has become one of the few outlets for public dissent in Russia. Some bloggers even alleged the authorities staged the Domodedovo airport blast that killed 35 to bolster their support early in a crucial year ahead of 2012 presidential elections.

“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Of course we will elect you for a new term, just don’t blow us up any more, please!”
blogger addressed Prime Minister Putin on his Twitter account.

“This was a ordinary start to a pre-election year,” wrote one of Russia’s most popular Twitter blogs kept in first-person voice as parody.

“Vladimir Vladimirovich and Dmitry Anatolyevich, resign… you obviously are not meeting your responsibilities…this is shameful for you,”
signed Givenchyru.

Many Russian bloggers recalled the Moscow apartment building blasts in 1999, when Putin issued one of his most famous quotes: “We will chase terrorists everywhere… catch them in the toilet and wipe them out in the outhouse.”

“Putin received practically unlimited power,”
wrote blogger Mikhail Maglov, “he limited media freedoms… he took our right to vote for governors… But here is the result: from 2000 to 2009 the number of acts of terror increased sixfold.”

Bloggers also said the blast conveniently redirected people’s attention from the recent clashes in Moscow involving nationalists and football fans, and the sentencing of former Yukos chief Mikhail Khodorkovsky to another six years behind bars.

As soon as society begins to worry, an act of terror happens in Russia, erasing people’s memories,”
wrote blogger “I see a trend here.”

Many people said the blasts proved an absolute failure of the main Russian media to deliver crisis coverage.

Twitter feeds burst with messages tagged ‘domodedovo’, with many bloggers ridiculing Medvedev, an active user of the tool, for “finding out from Twitter about what is going on in Domodedovo.”

“Why is (Interior Minister Rashid) Nurgaliyev still minister? There has not been one dismissal of a senior official in the FSB security service or the interior ministry in the past 10 years.”

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