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terrorism in Moscow

Timetable of Moscow blast.

07:52 Explosion at Lubyanka station in central Moscow. Two carriages were destroyed, 24 people dead, 39 injured.
08:30 Evacuation of Lubyanka station completed.
08:36. Explosion at Park Kultury station in the third wagon of the train. 12 people dead, 23 injured.
09:05 Criminal investigation into terrorist attacks opened.
09:10 FSB head Alexander Bortnikov informs President Dmitry Medvedev of the explosions.
09:15 Prosecutor’s Office employees start work at the scenes of the attacks.
09:15 Traffic police advise people not to drive into the city centre.
09:25 Traffic in Moscow paralysed because of the explosions.
09:30 Prosecutor General Yury Chaika says he will control the investigation personally.
09:39 More than 70 ambulances took injured commuters from the blast sites.
09:50 Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov arrives at Park Kultury station. Head of Traffic police Sergei Kazantsev, head of Mosgortrans Pyotr Ivanov and the leaders of Moscow Emercom are all there. No less than 100 fire engines are at Park Kultury station. Movement of transport on Sadovoye Koltso is restricted.
09:56 Moscow police switch to an intensified schedule, working both on finding the people responsible and preventing any further attacks.
10:06 An airmobile hospital is set up next to Park Kultury.
10:21 Mobile phone lines in Moscow collapse under the increased volume of calls.
10:26 The explosions were intended to cause more casualties, says Luzhkov.
10:33 Sergei Shoigy, head of the emergency services, reported to Medvedev on the attacks.
10:55 More than 50 Muscovites apply for help after nervous breakdowns.
11:09 Rail station and airport security increased.
11:31 Metro services on the affected lines to be restored in 3.5 hours after all checks are done.
11:35 The Serbsky institute opens a hotline for those affected by the explosions.
11:41 Additional security measures introduced on the St. Petersburg metro.
11:49 Investigators announce that plastic explosives were used at Park Kultury, about 1.5kg of TNT. Video footage from surveillance cameras is taken for police scrutiny.
12:03 The State Duma should hold a parliamentary investigation of the explosions, thinks Lyubov Sliska, Vice Speaker of Duma.
12:07 Half of those injured in the explosions are said to be in a serious condition.
12:09 The prosecutor’s office announces it is investigating a theory that terrorist groups from Caucasus are responsible for the explosions.
12:10 No children were caught up in the blasts, officials report.
12:06 Russian Railways increases passenger and baggage control on the train stations.
12:15 Details are circulated of two women wanted for questioning in connection with helping the bombers, Interfax reports.

12:17 Fragments of an alleged suicide bomber’s body found on Park Kultury.
12:19 The terrorists used explosive devices without shells, investigators say.

12:21 Rosaviation demands tighter security measures at all airports in Russia.
12:22 Emercom psychologists start work with the injured.
12:23 Riot police officers, some of them with dogs, patrol metro entrances.
12:28 NATO and EU denounce the terrorist acts.

12:34 Terrorists may be identified as their faces were not harmed in the explosion, says Vladimir Markin.

12:40 Moscow Metro was almost empty after the explosions, taxis reportedly charge up to 10 times the usual fares.
12:42 Medvedev announces a meeting on dealing with the consequences of the explosions.
12:46 The number of confirmed injuries rose to 64.
12:50 Medvedev demanded tighter security control in the country.
12:52 Park Kultury circle station entrance opened. The radial line remains closed
13:08 A North Caucasus terror group may be responsible for the explosions, FSB chief Bortnikov said in a meeting with the President.

13:16 Hexogen used in the explosions, said the FSB.

13:33 Lists of the dead and injured published on Emercom website.
13:44 Announcement of a day of mourning in Moscow on Tuesday.
14:07 The two women that helped the bombers are said to have Slavic appearance.
14:08 Emercom starts moving the bodies out of Lubyanka station.
14:41 Emercom starts moving the bodies out of Park Kultury station.
17:13 The number of victims rose to 38 people. 22 of them were identified, 19 men and 3 women.

Initial thoughts…

  • It’s curious that the second explosion occurred just a few minutes after the first station had been evacuated.
  • Hexogen, also known as RDX, is commonly used in military and industrial applications.
  • Women suicide bombers. Women accomplices.

Al Qaeda?

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Putin looks pissed.

Who are these terrorists?

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Late last month, Russian drug control chief Viktor Ivanov explained that a large drug trafficking route had shifted. Instead of going from Afghanistan and southeast through Pakistan and into India, drug trafficking has shifted west through Iran and then north through Azerbaijan. Georgia plays a large role in this new route.

“According to our data and information from foreign sources, the high level of corruption among Georgian authorities is preventing the fight against drug transit across the country from being effective,” Ivanov said.

And in the northeast corner of Georgia, Pankisi Gorge. “Russian-Georgian relations have long been strained over the presence of Chechen rebels in Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge and Georgia’s refusal to let Russian troops flush the rebels out.”  (source)

The militants hide out in very beautiful, ancient places, where people have lived in peace, close to the land, for centuries.

Is that fair?
Pankisi Gorge is the little red mark in the northeast corner

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There have been many reports over the past few years of al Qaeda linked terrorists in the Northern Caucasus.

September 2004: al Qaeda tie to Beslan school massacre probed

November 2007: al Qaeda associate, Doku Umarov, declares Islamic Caucasus emirate

February 2009: al Qaeda has gained strength in North Caucasus

August 2009: notorious al Qaeda militant from Algeria killed by Russian forces

March 2010: associate of Doku Umarov killed by Russian forces

Some groups in the Northern Caucasus have been linked to Wahabbi Islam and Saudi Arabia.

The Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR), designated by the U.S. Department of State as a terrorist organization Feb. 28, 2002 , is a Chechen terror group engaged in a bloody, ethno-nationalist struggle for the independence of the Republic of Chechnya and Ichkeria from almost 150 years of Russian subjugation.  While most of the citizens of Chechnya adhere to a mild form of Sufi Islam — mysticism based on certain indigenous pre-Islamic traditions — members of the SPIR are Sunni Islamic radicals, imbued with a passionate fundamentalism of the Wahhabi creed, who, along with two other Chechen groups recently added as terrorist organizations, have appropriated the tactics of international terrorism with Islamic connections as a means to advance their nationalist objectives. The Oct. 23, 2002 , attack on Moscow ’s Poshipnikov Zavod Dubrovka Theater was a case in point — an al Qaeda-style attack that possibly could portend things to come.  This would especially be true if SPIR and other groups decide to sabotage the results of the March 23 referendum, where Chechens voted overwhelmingly for political autonomy while remaining a part of Russia .

But while the SPIR shares the desire for independence with the mainstream Chechen population, who are moderates and largely reject fundamentalist ideologies, their interests are not the same.  The SPIR, in addition to Chechen independence, seek the implementation of their fundamentalist ideology throughout the Caucasus region as well.  This would mean, ideally, areas from the North Caucasus republics in Russia , Abkhazia in Georgia , and parts of Azerbaijan would be under the rule of an Islamic caliphate.  SPIR has managed to muddy the mainstream Chechen struggle through violent acts of terrorism and promotion of its preferred version of Islam.  As Wahhabists, the SPIR and similar groups have transformed the Chechen struggle for national liberation into the appearances of a religiously-inspired rebellion, jihad, with direct links to the most notorious and pernicious terror group the world has ever seen.

In 2005, Israel reportedly invited one of Putin’s deputies for the Northern Caucasus to Tel Aviv for a meeting to discuss building a security fence between Stavropol in the south of Russia and Chechnya and Daghestan in the North Caucasus.

The information on Dmitry Kozak’s planned visit to Israel came before an armed conflict in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, the city of Nalchik. This republic is in the central part of Northern Caucasus and also has the common border with Stavropol territory. Yesterday’s fights in Nalchik will push the Russian authorities even more strongly towards activization of cooperation with Israelis, including in erection of the protective wall on Caucasus.

…In both of these republics, regardless of the massive presence of the army units and various security services, the Kremlin is unable to establish order for 15 years already. Every day the skirmish and explosions, and even massive military operations of the government forces against the local supporters of independence or of the radical Islam, take place there. As a result, the Russian authorities decided to ask Israelis for help, taking into consideration the effectiveness of the security fence separating Israel from the West bank of Jordan river.

…According to information available, Kozak also plans to meet with the head of Israeli Foreign Intelligence Mossad, Meir Dagan. If this meeting takes place, it will mean that the members of the Russian delegation come to Israel not only to discuss the security fence project (this issue is absolutely out of Mossad’s competence).

Does Russia really need Israel, and Israel’s “help”? Does any country really need Israel? It’s laughable. And it’s a lot more laughable now than it was in 2005.

But Israel has their little pet Saakashvili in Georgia. And Georgia just happens to be so strategically located. According to a widely circulated article this month by Eric Wahlberg, Russia Azerbaijan/Armenia: All Roads Lead to the Caucasus, US special forces trained Georgian troops in the Pankisi Gorge for five years.

Interestingly, from 2002-2007, more than 200 US Special Forces troops were training Georgian troops in Pansiki, though neither the Americans nor the Georgians were able to end the attacks on Russia.

Why do you suppose they weren’t able to end the attacks on Russia hmm?

And did they bump into any al Qaeda linked rebels there in the gorge?

Maybe they share pup tents.

Biro-whozitstah? never heard of it.

A few weeks ago, Dmitry Medvedev gave a state of the nation address.

The head of state put forward a number of political initiatives in his speech. The president entrusted the government with elaborating effective conditions for activities of its agencies in the Northern Caucasus. An official responsible for the state of affairs in the explosive region must appear in the Cabinet of Ministers.

“To be frank, the level of corruption and violence in the republics of the Northern Caucasus is unprecedented. Obviously, the roots of many problems lie in the problems of the economic underdevelopment, first and foremost. The majority of those living in the region have no normal living perspectives. We will be paying first priority attention to the solution of people’s socio-economic problems,” Medvedev said.

Source: David Rumsey Map Collection

You can zoom in on this map and scroll around. Something emanates from this area, something dark. I think it’s all that ancient Khazar Empire half-dead history that’s been uncovered like some ghoulish zombie staggering around, but not enough people can quite focus on it because of that garish freak-show Israel hogging the limelight.

Mr. Koestler concludes: “The evidence presented in the previous chapters adds up to a strong case in favour of those modern historians - whether Austrian, Israeli or Polish - who, independently from each other, have argued that the bulk of modern Jewry is not of Palestinian, but of Caucasian origin. The mainstream of Jewish migrations did not flow from the Mediterranean across France and Germany to the east and then back again. The stream moved in a consistently westerly direction, from the Caucasus through the Ukraine into Poland and thence into Central Europe. When that unprecedented mass settlement in Poland came into being, there were simply not enough Jews around in the west to account for it, while in the east a whole nation was on the move to new frontiers.” ( page 179, page 180).

…The history of the Ashkenazi Jews was widely known and appreciated in the former Soviet Union. Ashkenazi militants traced the area where the Turkic Khazars originated before their migration to Southern Russia to Birobidjan, an Eastern Siberian area as big as Switzerland bordered by the Amur river, by China and Mongolia. Around 1928 they started building settlements with the Soviet government’s help and in 1934 the Autonomous Republic (Okrug) of Birobidjan Yevrei came into being with official languages of Yiddish and Russian. It is still there as an Autonomous Republic to this day, offering the only historically legitimate settlement area for Ashkenazi Jews willing to exercise their “right to return”…

Mr. Koestler was an Ashkenazi Jew and took pride in his Khazar ancestry. He was also a very talented and successful writer who published over 25 novels and essays. His most successful book, Darkness at Noon, was translated in thirty-three languages.

As expected, The Thirteenth Tribe caused a stir when published in 1976, since it demolishes ancient racial and ethnic dogmas…At the height of the controversy in 1983, the lifeless bodies of Arthur Koestler and his wife were found in their London home. Despite significant inconsistencies, the police ruled their death a suicide…Another Mossad “suicide”!

To be honest, Israel has become so boring, so predictable. The banality of evil. Israel is pornographic. I can’t even be bothered to point out the painfully obvious anymore. People who can’t see the lying and murdering by now will never see it. After all, it’s not like they really try to hide anything.

But things seem much more mysterious in the original territory, the true “homeland,” hidden in the dark mountains and forests of the Northern Caucasus. And, if it is to be believed, five thousand miles east of Moscow, the original Jewish homeland discovered by Ashkenazi militants and established by the Soviet Union: Birobidjan.

In 1928, the region known as Birobidizhan was designated the official territory for Jewish land colonization. The mostly marshy territory, approximately twice the size of New Jersey, had been annexed by Russia in 1858. Summers are hot and rainy, winters cold and dry. Some 27,000 Russians, Cossacks, Koreans, and Ukrainians were already living in the region when Jewish settlement began.

The Kremlin selected this particular territory for the following reasons:

To redirect the movement of Jews to the land away from Ukraine, Belarus and Crimea where the native populaces resisted Jewish settlement.

To buffer the Soviet Union from Chinese and Japanese expansionism.

To tap natural resources, such as fish, timber, iron, tin, graphite and gold.

“We came here to become peasants!” - Jewish settler in Birobidizhan, 1928

Hahahahaha. Old peasant here appreciates that sentiment.

But seriously, there’s a bunch of stuff about this alternative to Palestine, which still exists today.

“European Jewry, to promote their powerful imposture of a ‘Promised Land’, demanded their right to pirate Palestine as a Jewish ‘homeland’. This was the sly euphemism Zionist founding father Max Nordau used instead of State ‘to deceive by its mildness’.”

Zionists chose not to acknowledge Birobidjan, the voluntary Jewish homeland (supported by American Jewry since 1928) of the Jewish Autonomous Region (on the border of Russia and China). To this day this is a flourishing Jewish homeland - a largely unsung region Lady Renouf makes public on both PRESS TV programmes, which can be viewed by clicking on the programme names: Fine Print (10th May) and Between the Headlines (15th May) - WHICH LINKS ARE DEFUNCT - ed.

(For further discussion of these issues Lady Renouf was invited for an interview on TiU Radio which is now in MP3 format: listen to the programme by clicking here. A 1939 booklet by a Jewish author promoting Birobidjan is now online. Please note that this is a 12MB PDF file.)

On the Fine Print panel Lady Renouf’s Zionist antagonist was Dmitry Shimelfarb, a former lieutenant in the Israeli Army who is now a political and PR strategist for the Likud party leader and former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Shimelfarb countered Lady Renouf with the claim that Birobidjan was not a Jewish homeland but a symptom of anti-semitism, a place to which Soviet Jews had been forcibly “exiled” by the dictator Stalin.

Here are some links to peruse, to judge for yourself whether or not Jews were forced to go to Birobidjan. It seems not.

The Jewish Autonomous Region, by D. Brrgelson, from the Library of the University of Texas at Austin, Moscow 1939 (pdf)

Stalin’s Forgotten Zion, presentation by Swarthmore College

Of course I can’t speak for anyone else but I find this amazing.

In fact, today, Birobidjan is a virtual Jewish paradise. The home of two synagogues, Birobidjan City has 77,250 inhabitants. Yiddish theaters opened in the 1970s. Yiddish and Jewish traditions have been required components in all public schools for almost 15 years, taught not as Jewish exotica but as part of the region’s national heritage.”

The Birobidjan Synagogue, completed in 2004, is next to a complex housing Sunday School classrooms, a library, a museum and administrative offices. The buildings were officially opened in 2004 to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (JAR). Concerning the Jewish community of the region, Governor Nikolay Mikhaylovich Volkov stated that he intends to “support every valuable initiative maintained by our local Jewish organizations.”

But noooooooo. That solution would require a lot of people to eat a lot of words. I’m sure they’d rather die in some blaze of glory. And that’s why nobody talks about this because Jesus God who needs the pressure of some common fucking sense solution complicating sixty years of elaborate Zionist propaganda?

Hey maybe Birobidizhan wouldn’t solve anything but we’ll never find out if it can’t be discussed, right? Exactly. And it can’t be discussed because it de-links the Jewish narrative from the Holy Land, and the Jews can’t be God’s Chosen People unless they came from the Holy Land, and if they’re not really God’s Chosen People… well you see it all just falls right apart like spit and toilet paper.

So Birobidizhan doesn’t exist.