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Putin vows to find masterminds of Moscow concert hall attack and urges tighter security

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President Vladimir Putin vowed Tuesday to track down the masterminds of the Moscow concert hall attack that left 144 people dead in the worst assault on Russian soil in two decades, and urged its law enforcement agencies to tighten security at mass gatherings.

Putin has repeatedly sought to link the March 22 killings to Ukraine and the West despite the Islamic State group's claim of responsibility and Kyiv's vehement denial, as well as a U.S. government warning to Moscow days earlier of an imminent attack.

Speaking at a meeting with top officials of the Interior Ministry that oversees the nation's police force, Putin said it is important to determine "not only the perpetrators of this outrage but all links in the chain and its beneficiaries.”

He added, in an apparent threat of retaliation: “Those who use this weapon against Russia should realize it's a double-edged weapon.”

Putin said that the masterminds of the concert hall raid sought to “sow discord and panic, strife and hatred in our country in order to break up Russia from within," adding that “we mustn't allow them to do that.”

“It's inadmissible to use the tragic event to provoke ethnic tensions, xenophobia and Islamophobia," he said.

Russian security agencies have detained four suspects, all of them citizens of Tajikistan, and seven other alleged accomplices.

The attack has fueled anti-migrant sentiments and drawn calls from Russian hawks to limit immigration despite the fact that the Russian economy strongly depends on such workers, most of them from ex-Soviet nations in Central Asia, including Tajikistan.

Russian media reported that authorities have strengthened controls over migrants following the attack.

Putin urged the Interior Ministry to tighten controls on illegal migration and close loopholes in existing procedures that allow people with a criminal past to get work permits and even Russian citizenship.

The lapse in security has led many to wonder how gunmen could easily kill so many people at a public event. Kremlin critics have argued that it was rooted in the vast Russian security apparatus focusing not on threats of terrorism but on stifling the political opposition, independent media and civil society groups in the harshest crackdown since Soviet times.

Putin said the authorities are investigating the performance of law enforcement structures and other agencies in the concert hall attack. He urged law enforcement agencies to strengthen security at public gatherings.

“We have paid a very high price, and the analysis of the situation must be objective and professional,” he said. “It's important to do that in order to take ensuring security and order at mass gatherings, sports facilities, transport, trade and recreational centers, schools, hospitals, universities, theaters and so on to a new level. All those facilities must be under constant control.”

Putin again charged that Moscow's foreign adversaries were aiming to “ruin what is left of historic Russia, to break up its core" in order to win control over the country's vast resources.

“Some of them are trying to preserve their hegemony in today's rapidly changing world at our expense,” he said. “Some apparently saw our country as a weak link. They are mistaken.”

The Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan claimed it carried out the attack, and U.S. intelligence said it had information confirming the group was responsible. The U.S. government said it told Russia in early March of an imminent attack under the “duty to warn” rule that obliges U.S. intelligence officials to share such information, even with adversaries. It was unclear how specific the tip was.

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow also issued a public notice March 7 advising Americans to avoid crowds in the capital over the next 48 hours due to “imminent” plans by extremists to target large gatherings, including concerts. Just three days before the attack, Putin dismissed the U.S. Embassy notice as an attempt to scare or intimidate Russians and blackmail the Kremlin.

The chief of Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, confirmed that Moscow received the U.S. tip but said it was lacking detail.

“The information was too general and didn't allow to fully identify those who were involved in that horrible crime,” Naryshkin said, following a similar statement last week from Alexander Bortnikov, the director of the Federal Security Service, Russia's main domestic security agency.

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The U.S. government said it told Russia in early March of an imminent attack under the “duty to warn” rule that obliges U.S. intelligence officials to share such information, even with adversaries.

Egg on Putin's face. He's desperate to wipe it off.

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If Putin wants to find the one responsible for the terrorism, he only needs to look in a mirror.

My sentiments exactly...

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Think about it - one day the US publicly claims to know everything about the actions of a certain group, and a few days later publicly claims to know nothing about the actions of its closest ally in striking a diplomatic compound.

Hard to believe this amazing level of selective knowledge which conveniently suits the fashion of the day both times. They want it both ways. Same story on Nord stream. Sloppy stuff.

There is more than meets the eye these days with the level of interconnectedness of all the links in the chain and global actors/orchestraters part of it from certain quarters, perfectly consistent with their past behaviour. Precisely the fair point Putin is making.

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JJE

There is more than meets the eye these days with the level of interconnectedness of all the links in the chain and global actors/orchestraters part of it from certain quarters, perfectly consistent with their past behaviour.

No there isn't. Iran also gave Russia the same advice. Unfortunately, Iran doesn't fit into your narrative.

Precisely the fair point Putin is making.

The only reason Putin is doing this, is to absolve himself and rally the public against Ukraine.

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Iran gave no such advice. This is part of the smokescreen. No one is fooled by the US's selective know-all/know-nothing stance depending on the event involved and the geopolitical benefits from posturing depending on which way the wind blows and which ally they are covering-up for or which ally they innocently pretend they know nothing.

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TokyoLiving

And Putin will do it..

Masterminds of the attack from western circUS and kyiv regime will fall..

The US and Ukraine have nothing to do with this.

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50/50 that Putin did it to his own people.

No one is naive enough to think he wouldn't, are they?

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JJE

Iran gave no such advice. This is part of the smokescreen.

Yes, they did.

https://www.reuters.com/world/iran-alerted-russia-security-threat-before-moscow-attack-sources-say-2024-04-01/

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That Reuters article uses as evidence for its assertion "three sources familiar with the matter" whom it does not name.

This is called a very crude smokescreen. Easy to fall for.

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That Reuters article uses as evidence for its assertion "three sources familiar with the matter" whom it does not name.

This is called a very crude smokescreen. Easy to fall for.

Should they be posting Kremlin propaganda instead?

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JJE

That Reuters article uses as evidence for its assertion "three sources familiar with the matter" whom it does not name.

This is called a very crude smokescreen. Easy to fall for.

Do I believe three different, credible sources and a credible newspaper, or someone who doesn't want it to be true.

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50/50 that Putin did it to his own people.

No one is naive enough to think he wouldn't, are they?

It is a ridiculous proposition. There is nothing to be gained. Russia and Ukraine are already at war. There is no need for a deadly false flag to justify any further military escalation. The raid by IS-K greatly discredits Russian security forces and makes them and by extension Mr. Putin appear to be ineffective, even negligent. How does looking stupid enhance their war effort against Ukraine?

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It is a ridiculous proposition. There is nothing to be gained.

There is Anger to be gained. A dictator's favorite tool, alongside it's partner Fear.

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Putin said essentially the main purpose of the foreign organised plot, mentioned in the article.

The objective, apart from terrorizing people, was to sow ethnic discord, incite hatred and create divisions in Russian society from within.

In this cynical objective they abysmally failed. The opposite has become true.

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Putin said essentially the main purpose of the foreign organised plot, mentioned in the article.

Her certainly wouldn't want to admit if it was a domestic plot, would he.

The objective, apart from terrorizing people, was to sow ethnic discord, incite hatred and create divisions in Russian society from within.

Exactly - Russians doing this to Russians.

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Exactly - Russians doing this to Russians.

But it wasn't Russians who carried out the attack. The attackers were immigrants from Tajikistan. The same is true of the two attackers earlier this year in Kerman Iran who killed nearly 100 people. They too were Tajiks. IS-K seems to have success recruiting poor Tajik men to its cause.

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“ . . . and urges tighter security”

The U.S. passed on information to them that something was about to go down and they laughed at it. Arrogant boneheads.

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If one can't work out what is going on here, you are blind as a bat:

Whoever they say who did it only seems to attack countries that are adversaries of a certain country. They never attack US interests or Israel - how odd.

And every time the US gives a very vague "advance warning", but not enough to thwart the attack, allowing them to publicly wash their hands of it. The article mentions this specifically. Same thing happened with Iran.

In contrast, the US announced that it had no involvement or advance knowledge about the strike by Israel on Damascus.

What an odd chain of events and coincidences. Complete knowledge on some events but none on others - depending on political expediency.

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Putin should have been going after ISIS inside his own country, instead of wasting swaths of Russian resources on a land-grab war invasion abroad at Ukraine

He took his eye off the ball, didn't see the ISIS attack coming, and this is the result

Kremlin critics have argued that it was rooted in the vast Russian security apparatus focusing not on threats of terrorism but on stifling the political opposition, independent media and civil society groups in the harshest crackdown since Soviet times.

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If one can't work out what is going on here, you are blind as a bat:

Why don't you tell us what the Kremlin has decided it is going to push as the story behind the attacks?

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Putin said essentially the main purpose of the foreign organised plot, mentioned in the article. -

He certainly wouldn't want to admit if it was a domestic plot, would he.

The objective, apart from terrorizing people, was to sow ethnic discord, incite hatred and create divisions in Russian society from within. -

Exactly - Russians doing this to Russians.

The usual daily NAFO misinformation nonsense.

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Tell me that you think Putin wouldn't do it.

Nope, Putin has nothing to gain from it.

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Personally I’ve got nothing riding on this, so it doesn’t matter to me whether it was Ukraine (it wasn’t) or Isis. Either way, Russian security look like morons. How the heck could they let Ukraine do this with so much attention focused in that direction. Seriously. Morons. If it were isis, then it shows they’ve been focusing far too much on Ukraine and let other areas lapse in the worst way possible. Morons. Plain and simple.

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Tell me that you think Putin wouldn't do it.

Nope, Putin has nothing to gain from it.

Intelligent people see that the question you answered is not the question that was asked.

That said, you're also wrong; as I posted earlier in the thread:

There is Anger to be gained. A dictator's favorite tool, alongside it's partner Fear.

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wow so much of russophobic conspiracies and hate here...

dont worry rebiata,terrorists will be punished accordingly,you have better to take care more proper about UA "winning daily news" instead...

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dont worry rebiata,terrorists will be punished accordingly,

The attack on the concert hall was arguably terrorists being punished accordingly. An eye for an eye. Russian terrorism begat the terrorism enacted upon Russia.

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ell me that you think Putin wouldn't do it. - Nope, Putin has nothing to gain from it.

Intelligent people see that the question you answered is not the question that was asked.

If you cant read the plain answer above, than I can't help you any further.

That said, you're also wrong; as I posted earlier in the thread. There is Anger to be gained. A dictator's favorite tool, alongside it's partner Fear.

Just because you said something doesn't make my opinion wrong. Your NAFO conspiracy theories are just that, nothing more.

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so much of russophobic conspiracies

Seeing as Russia does not have a free media, and the media is simply the mouthpiece of whatever the Kremlin decides the will push as their propaganda, all we can do is speculate.

If Russia doesn't like it, Russia should consider the idea of a free press, then the rest of us wouldn't be able to speculate as we would know the truth.

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Pallet cleanser. I am starting to wonder if these drones even have pilots, or if it's just programming at this point.

https://twitter.com/i/status/1775341960850546758

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Palate*

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*dont worry rebiata,terrorists will be punished accordingly,*

That sounds great to me.

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Ukraine is starting to build schools underground. Good long-term thinking with Russia as a neighbor.

https://twitter.com/mayorterekhov/status/1775142667673845910

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Well, IS in Afghanistan may have now tortured and killed someone for leaking their plans. Perhaps there will be no such advanced warning next time.

(To be fair, Russia warned the US in advance about the Boston Marathon bomber, though, which the US authorities failed to follow up on.)

As to, quote: Putin said that they sought to “sow discord and panic, strife and hatred in our country in order to break up Russia from within...", well said. This is exactly what Russia is trying to do to the West. His words, and well rehearsed. He knows what he is talking about.

We need healing in the world, not break-up.

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That's odd. Insisting certain quarters aren't involved but posting videos of the conflict.

We all remember when Poroshenko boasted that people of the Donbass would be living in basements. How times change.

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Putin will punish the offenders and win the war at the same time. Nothing he has said or done suggests otherwise.

All issues are interconnected these days.

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