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Terrorism Benefits the State

In Russia, terrorism does not conform to the norms that exist around the world. Here, acts of terrorism occur when it suits the interests of the powers-that-be. The blowing-up of apartment blocks in 1999 marked the start of Vladimir Putin&#039s election campaign. The bus hijacking in Mineralniye Vody by a Chechen occurred on exactly the same day that refugees in Ingushetia were organising a peace march. The explosion in a market-place in Astrakhan happened just as anti-war sentiments were strengthening in society, moreover in a city where such sentiments are pretty strong. Full Story

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