Former ally links Putin to Moscow blasts

These articles show FSB (KGB) involvement in planting bombs to terrorize the Russian people to justify continued attacks on Chechnya, just as the US own government set up all the needed conditions for 911 to justify war in Afghanistan for Big Oil and Gas and the NWO. This falls in line with all the other manipulated frameup operations throughout history: the Lusitania, the Maine, the Reichstag Fire, Pearl Harbor, Northwoods, Gulf of Tonkin and there are other examples of manipulated events designed to frighten people into allowing their government to either enter wars or to further tyranize their own people with martial law. No wonder Bush and Putin are in love with each other.

Haven't we all had enough of this yet? Well it depends on the sleeping sheep.


The Guardian:
Former ally links Putin to Moscow blasts

Jonathan Steele and Ian Traynor in Moscow

Wednesday March 6, 2002

The Guardian The Russian former media mogul Boris Berezovsky launched his strongest attack yesterday on his one-time friend and now president, Vladimir Putin, accusing him of being linked to the terrorist bombings of apartment buildings that killed about 300 Russians in September 1999. Mr Berezovsky, now living in London, called a press conference to produce a British explosives expert, a French documentary-maker, a former Russian agent of the FSB (successor to the KGB), and a woman who lost her mother in the blasts, to accuse the security service and demand an official inquiry. "I am sure the bombings were organised by the FSB. It's not just speculation. It's a clear conclusion", Mr Berezovsky said yesterday. "I'm not saying Mr Putin gave an order to blow up those buildings. I'm saying that at the least he knew the FSB was involved."

Mr Putin, who was named prime minister shortly before the bombings after heading the FSB, blamed the attacks on Chechens and used public outrage to justify sending Russian forces into the rebel republic. Presenting himself as a tough war leader, he won the presidential election in 2000. Mr Berezovsky, who has lost his share in several Russian TV companies since 2000, based his case on the professional nature of the bombings and the large amount of explosives used. He also cited official discrepancies after a foiled blast at a block of flats in Ryazan.

A resident alerted the police after seeing three suspicious people unloading bags into a basement a few days after the first explosion in Moscow. The next day the interior minister said the police had defused a timing device after finding explosives in the bags. But when the new FSB chief said the bags contained sugar and had been planted as a drill to test police vigilance, the hunt for suspects was called off. Mr Berezovsky was close to Boris Yeltsin, who was president at the time, and used his TV stations to run a campaign in favour of Mr Putin. Opponents claim his attack on Mr Putin is a personal vendetta after he lost influence. "I didn't raise the matter until recently," he admitted yesterday. "I didn't expect the security services could take part in such a crime." In a bid to pre-empt the allegations, a Moscow official said yesterday that Mr Berezovsky was being investigated for links to Chechen rebels and could be implicated in the murder of a senior Russian police officer in Chechnya. Moscow may demand he be extradited from Britain or request an international arrest warrant for him, Pavel Barkovsky of the prosecutor-general's office told the Interfax news agency. "Berezovsky is trying to present himself as a political fighter and to seek attention by staging acts of political provocation," he added. New evidence indicated that Mr Berezovsky had supplied around $1m (£700,000) to Chechen rebel warlords to buy weaponry, he claimed. Officials say they know who carried out the bombings and maintain they were "Chechen terrorists", but the only two suspects to come to court are non-Chechens. They were acquitted last year. The Russians have already issued a national arrest warrant for Mr Berezovsky in connection with allegations of embezzlement from Aeroflot.


BBC News:
Russian tycoon blames Moscow for blasts

Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 00:23 GMT

Exiled Russian media tycoon Boris Berezovsky says he believes Moscow orchestrated the 1999 bombings of apartment blocks in Russian cities which triggered Russia's onslaught in Chechnya. At a news conference in London, Mr Berezovsky presented what he said was evidence that the bombings were the work of the Russian security service, the FSB. He also said he was sure that President Vladimir Putin, who was prime minister at the time, knew about the campaign.

A spokesman for the FSB in Russia told the Interfax news agency that the allegations were "groundless and lacking in common sense".

The blasts, which killed about 300 people, were blamed on Chechen rebels and shortly afterwards Mr Putin launched a second war against Chechnya. The military operation had massive support from a public outraged by the bombings. Documentary evidence But Mr Berezovsky said intelligence agents, investigative journalists and explosives experts had convinced him that the FSB was to blame. The Russian tycoon showed part of a French documentary at the news conference which linked two bombings in Moscow and one in Volgadonsk with an attempted attack in Ryazan, 200 km (125 miles) south-east of Moscow.

Security authorities said the Ryazan incident was an "exercise" but Mr Berezovsky and his team showed date- and time-stamped pictures which they said proved that the detonator found at Ryazan was real and said local police experts said traces of explosives were found. He also has the backing of a Russian explosives expert, ex-FSB member and former director of the Russian Conversion Explosives Centre, Nikita Chekulin, who says that before the bombings, security services purchased large amounts of the explosive Hexogen, said to have been found at Ryazan. Mr Berezovsky says the fact that no-one has ever been brought to justice for the bombings is further proof that they were not the result of Chechens. Putin `compliant' The tycoon said that the subsequent campaign in Chechnya aided Mr Putin's rise to power. "The FSB thought that Putin would not be able to come to power through lawful democratic means," he said. "I am not saying that Putin ordered the attacks.. but what I am saying is that he knew such things were taking place." Mr Berezovsky was actually a key aide in helping Mr Putin to victory in the 2000 elections but he has since fallen out of favour with the Kremlin and now lives in self-imposed exile in Europe.

He called on President Putin to order an inquiry into the bombings.

"Ever since Putin came to power, people have been asking: Is he really a democratic president of Russia or simply an old-style dictator putting on a show for the West?... Why does he continue to block investigations into the deadliest terrorist attacks in our history?", he said. "I am calling for an open and independent investigation."


March 6, 2002 Probe Sought for Apartment Bombings

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 3:16 a.m. ET LONDON (AP) -- Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky said Tuesday he would ask Europe's human rights guardian to investigate allegations that Russia's secret service carried out a series of deadly apartment bombings. Berezovsky, a former Kremlin insider who fell out of favor after President Vladimir Putin's election, called the 1999 attacks that killed more than 300 people unprecedented "Two and a half years later, no one can say the people who did it are in jail, nor can we really say who did it," he said. The explosions in Moscow and the city of Volgodonsk in 1999 blew up several apartment buildings, killing scores of sleeping residents. Moscow blamed the attacks on Chechen rebels, and several months later sent troops back into Chechnya after a three-year absence. On Tuesday, Berezovsky accused Russia's Federal Security Service, or FSB, of orchestrating the bombings. At a news conference in London, Berezovsky played segments of a French documentary outlining circumstantial evidence of alleged FSB involvement in the explosions. Berezovky and Sergei Yushenkov, co-chairs of the political movement Liberal Russia, said the group would ask the Council of Europe-an intergovernmental organization established to promote human rights and democracy in Europe-to investigate the explosions. In Russia, a spokesman for the FSB told the Interfax news agency that Berezovsky's allegations were "groundless and lacking in common sense." Russian officials instead accused Berezovsky of channeling money to Chechen rebels, and said Tuesday that they were considering asking Interpol to issue an arrest warrant on charges that Berezovsky financed the separatists. Berezovsky has evaded the charges by moving to London. He calls the charges politically motivated. The evidence Berezovsky presented Tuesday centers on an incident in September 1999 in the city of Ryazan, where police evacuated a building after finding what appeared to be explosives. Police and government officials initially said they had foiled a terrorist attack, but the FSB later said the explosives had been fakes used in a training exercise. The incident has been extensively examined over the years. Berezovsky and his supporters also point to claims by Nikita Chekulin, a former government explosives expert who says he has amassed evidence of an alleged FSB plot to move combat-grade explosives across Russia disguised as ordinary industrial material. Berezovsky also said the investigation should look at the actions of Putin, who headed the FSB, the main successor to the Soviet KGB, until August 1999. Putin was prime minister at the time of the apartment bombings. He said Putin "knew that such things were taking place ... Either he could have prevented a terrorist attack and didn't do it, or he was passive." But Russian authorities have their own claims of Berezovsky's alleged connection to Chechen rebels. Pavel Barkovsky, deputy head of the Russian prosecutor general's special investigations department, was quoted by ITAR-Tass as saying authorities were investigating claims that Berezovsky was involved in the 2000 abduction and murder of the Interior Ministry's envoy to Chechnya, Gen. Gennadi Shpigun. Prosecutors could soon issue an international arrest warrant for Berezovsky if they can find evidence to back up their claims, he was quoted by ITAR-Tass and Interfax as saying. Once one of Russia's richest and most powerful businessmen with interests in banking, oil, broadcasting and airlines, Berezovsky was closely linked to former President Boris Yeltsin. He was an early supporter of Putin, but in the last two years he has become a vocal Kremlin critic. Copyright 2002 The Associated Press | Privacy Information

A Film Clip, and Charges of a Kremlin Plot March 6, 2002 By MICHAEL WINES

LONDON, March 5 - As he had promised for weeks, Boris A. Berezovsky, the Russian tycoon-in-exile, released part of a film today claiming to document the role of the Kremlin's intelligence service in the 1999 string of apartment-house bombings in which more than 300 Russians perished. Russian authorities have blamed Islamic extremists from Chechnya for the bombings. But Mr. Berezovsky, in part of a long-running struggle with Russian President Vladimir V. Putin, escalated his accusations today, saying that Mr. Putin knew "at a minimum" that intelligence services were tied to the bombings yet still failed to stop them. The nine-minute film excerpt shown during Mr. Berezovsky's news conference here raised troubling questions about the responsibility for the bombings, but those questions were not new. The most compelling aspect of Mr. Berezovsky's carefully staged attack today was not any new evidence tying the Kremlin to the blasts, but the Russian government's continuing unwillingness or inability to refute his charges. A spokesman for the Federal Security Service, the successor to the Soviet K.G.B. and the target of the accusations, dismissed the charges today as polemics. Mr. Putin has previously likened the accusations to blasphemy. Mr. Berezovsky, vastly rich and powerful during Boris N. Yeltsin's presidency in the 1990's, used his influence to help propel Mr. Putin into power in 2000. But the two have since fallen out, with Mr. Berezovsky becoming a virulent political opponent who says he has been forced into exile in Britain by threats from the Kremlin of corruption charges if he returns to Russia. Both Mr. Berezovsky and the leader of Liberal Russia, a new Russian political faction that he supports, called today for a Russian and international inquiry into the bombings. The video clip is part of a longer film that Mr. Berezovsky said he wants broadcast on Russian television. He contends that the 1999 bombings were a plot by the Federal Security Service to propel Mr. Putin, the agency's former director, into the presidency. Mr. Putin was President Yeltsin's prime minister when the bombings took place in September 1999. The attacks galvanized support behind his later decision to begin a full-scale invasion of Chechnya, the breakaway province that is home to a rebellion against rule from Moscow and to foreign Muslim militants. Mr. Putin's war fed a wave of Russian patriotism that sealed his election to the presidency in March 2000. The blasts destroyed two apartment blocks in southern Moscow, a military barracks in Dagestan and a third apartment house in the southwest city of Volgodonsk. But Mr. Berezovsky's charges against the intelligence agency are rooted in the city of Ryazan, where local police officers found and defused a fifth bomb, which had been placed, like most of the others, in the basement of an apartment building, in that case one 12 stories high. The Kremlin initially praised the police for averting a disaster. But the director of the Federal Security Service soon said the device - first identified by police as several sacks of explosives linked to a shotgun- shell detonator and timer - was a fake. He said it consisted of sacks of sugar and a fake detonator planted by his agency as part of an ill-considered exercise. All evidence in the incident was ordered kept secret for 75 years, and the intelligence officials responsible for the Ryazan incident have never been identified. Nor have those who detonated bombs in the other cases been arrested, although the security service claims to know their identities. The Russian Parliament, staunchly loyal to the Kremlin, has repeatedly failed to muster the votes for an independent inquiry into the bombings or the Ryazan incident. Mr. Berezovsky contended today, as others have before, that the Federal Security Service talked of a supposed antiterrorism exercise in Ryazan because the police there were on the trail of its officers and threatened to make the true story public. Mr. Berezovsky suggested that Mr. Putin could not evade responsibility for the blasts because he had run the intelligence service until becoming prime minister only months before the bombings occurred. "Either he could have prevented a terrorist attack and he didn't do it, or, alternatively, he was passive," Mr. Berezovsky said. Mr. Berezovsky's avowed new role as a crusader for openness and democracy is at odds with the view of many Russians that he was essentially Mr. Yeltsin's shadow president and that he is driven by a desire for revenge. Since Mr. Putin became president, Mr. Berezovsky has lost his stakes in Russian television networks ORT and TV-6 and has been charged by Russian prosecutors with money laundering and conspiracy to embezzle millions from Aeroflot, the Russian airline over which he won control in the 1990's. Today he said his motive "is to urge the world's community to pay particular attention to these events," and he promised that a future release of documents related to the case will make the ties between the bombings and the Russian government clearer. "We plan to appeal to all international organizations which are able to apply certain measures to help an investigation in Russia to take place," he said. "And President Putin's name almost definitely will be mentioned." Copyright 2002 The New York Times Company | Privacy Information



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