James "The Russian Analyst" shares his insights on the most recent breaking news in Russia, speaking about ex-CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell's threats to make Russia 'pay a price' by 'killing Russians' covertly in revenge for Moscow supporting the Syrian government and the history of Saudi funding for terrorist organizations in the Russian Federation and former Soviet Caucuses region. The Russia Analyst didn't have time to also mention the threat made by Barack Obama's State Department spokesman John Kirby last year that Russians would not only experience soldiers coming home in 'body bags' from Syria, but more terror attacks by 'extremist groups' operating in their cities angered by the successful Russian intervention in support of Assad:
UPDATE 04/04/2017 00:30 EST President Trump has called President Putin to express his condolences over the attack, declaring that terrorism must be fought together:
Trump has extended “his deep condolences to the relatives and loved ones of those killed as result of a barbaric terrorist act,” Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, as cited by RIA Novosti.
“The presidents noted that terrorism is the evil against which it is necessary to fight together,” Peskov added. Putin, in turn, thanked his American counterpart for showing solidarity with the Russian people.
In a statement released following the conversation, the White House said that “both President Trump and President Putin agreed that terrorism must be decisively and quickly defeated.”
It went on to note that Trump pledged the “full support” of Washington to Moscow in “responding to the attack and bringing those responsible to justice.”
As the news on the blast broke, Trump was one of the first world leaders to express his sympathies calling the suspected attack “a terrible thing.”
The blast rocked a metro carriage on Monday afternoon as the train was making its way between two central stations, injuring over 50 people. Eleven deaths have been confirmed so far.
UPDATE 2, 04/04/2017 6:30 AM EST: A 22 [some reports say 23]-year-old suicide bomber who detonated himself on the St. Petersburg Metro train at the Sennaya Square station under downtown has been identified as Akbar Djalilov. He was a naturalized Russian citizen from the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan, a Muslim Central Asian nation closely allied with Moscow that since the 1990s sent hundreds of thousands of migrants to the Russian Federation. Djalilov reportedly worked at a sushi bar and was interested in martial arts before recently traveling to South Korea.
The death toll was also elevated from an initial ten confirmed deaths to 11 and then 14 this morning. The blast happened at 2:20 local time [MSK] on Monday as Russian President Vladimir Putin was in the city for talks with Belarussian President Alexandr Lukashenko. As Lada Ray explains, the two close neighbors relations have been strained in recent months by Lukashenko's moves to extract more trade and oil and gas subsidies from Russia, in a weak bid to play the two sides of Cold War 2.0 against each other. While Belarus continues to struggle economically due to the same forces dragging down the Russian economy, Lukashenko's authoritarian government has also passed a so-called anti-vagrancy law that has genuinely angered portions of the population while playing footsie with the type of anti-Russian nationalists who in the winter of 2013-14 overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych in Kiev. Several Belarussian activists with suspected links to NATO security services were recently arrested on illegal weapons and conspiracy to commit violence charges after returning home from the 'Anti-Terrorist Operation' of the Ukrainian ultra-nationalist battalions against the pro-Russian Donbass forces.
Other details about a second shrapnel bomb which was found disguised as a fire extinguisher and defused by the authorities were released Monday evening:
Mr Putin laid flowers at the Tekhnologichesky Institute station late on Monday night.
Security sources told the Interfax news agency that the device was “homemade” with a blast equivalent to 200g of TNT.
Initial reports said the device appeared to have been packed full of shrapnel including metal nuts and bolts to cause maximum damage and had been left in the carriage in a back pack by the attacker, investigators said.
Later on Monday, investigators said they believed the attack had been the work of a suicide bomber, and said the perpetrator was suspected to be a 23-year-old from a Central Asian country.
A second bomb, disguised as a fire extinguisher, was late reported to have been found at the Ploshchad Vosstanaya metro station, which serves the mainline railway station that connects St Petersburg with Moscow.
Also, the Russia Analyst has no words for this, except to refer back to a post published at The Saker blog in 2014, when even the popular sympathies of ordinary Europeans or Americans for ordinary Russians is not acceptable to a globalist elite that cannot miss an opportunity to express its hatred of Russians -- not Putin, but Russians:
The Russia Analyst will let his Swiss/White Russian Floridian friend The Saker have the last word on this post:
Russia is at war. With the Empire and with the Empire’s foot soldiers/cannon-fodder – the Takfiri crazies and Ukrainian Nazis. I usually say that this war is roughly 80% informational, 15% economic and 5% kinetic. The Saint Petersburg bombing falls into the last category. Horrible as this may be, this is sadly “normal” and to be expected. I have a friend from Moscow visiting right now and her reaction was “yes, that figures, we are used to this”. The bombing of the Russian airliner in Egypt, the murder of the Russian ambassador and other instances always remind us that there is a price in blood, innocent blood, to be paid for confronting evil.
When something like this happen[s], it is crucial to remain cool-headed, even if the heart suffers in compassion for the victims, and understand that with a person like Putin at the helm of the Russian state this kind of attack will not achieve either one of its three goals: to terrify the Russian people, to trigger an over-reaction by the authorities or a change in Russian policies. Neither [none] of them will happen. Sad as this fact is, but Russians are used to live [living] with terrorism. I don’t mean to say that they are not hurt and horrified – they are – but that they understand that the only response to that kind of attack is to remain firm on the correct course. For whatever this is worth, I am pretty confident that those who planted this bomb will be found and killed. Alas, those who ordered this bombing will remain out of reach. Again, this is a sad reality we have to accept and learn to live with. Memory eternal to all those who died!