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FSB destroys terrorists that blew up Moscow subway
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, 13 2010
    FSB director Aleksandr Bortnikov reported to President Dmitry Medvedev all gang members liked to the Moscow subway bombing, direct participants as well as organizers have been destroyed. Bortnikov said that three suspects were killed because they showed active armed resistance during their arrest.
According to an official transcript of the conversation, placed on the website of the Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev said, investigative actions, naturally, must continue in accordance with criminal procedural law While those who resist must be destroyed no regrets.
On March 29th, 2010, two explosions rocked the Moscow subway when two female suicide bombers set off explosive devices. Asa result of the attacks 40persons were killed.

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Moskalenko: Will the Russian government answer for Nord-Ost?
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, 08 2010
Responses should be at the Strasbourg Court no later than May

In April of 2004*, six months after the terror attack on Dubrovka, attorney Karinna Moskalenko, acting in the interests of the Nord-Ost victims, filed a complaint against the government of Russia at the European Court of Human Rights. Afew months later another group filed a similar complaint. Forsix years both complaints wandered the Strasbourg corridors. There was an written exchange between the parties, and finally a big win for all whose lives were damaged in varying degrees by Nord-Ost, and indeed for all citizens of Russia: the Court consolidated the two cases into one and made a decision on its admissibility. Karinna Moskalenko discussed with Novaya Gazeta what this all means and what steps the Russian government will now take to make sure the truth comesout.

Karinna, Novaya Gazeta has information that the European Court of Human Rights made a decision on the admissibility of the Nord-Ost victims' complaints. Isthis so?
Yes it is. Thisis not a decision on the merits of the governments' violations, but nevertheless it is a very important stage in the complaint. TheCourt acknowledged that our complaint is within its jurisdiction, and it will make a decision on allegations of violations of human rights. Decisions by the European Court are binding.
But did the European Court of Justice not already accept the complaint a long time ago?
Yes, and it has already been communicated to the government.
Communication is
This is the initial stage of the complaint, during which the Court sets before the two parties the petitioner and the government the substantive issues of the Court's coming decision.
The Court at this stage is already deciding on the admissibility of the described facts that establish the resolution. Forthis it has used information from the petitioners' complaints. Prior to this decision all the questions were put to the government, the government responded to the questions, and the petitioners were granted their inalienable right to comment on the government's responses or object as needed.
What happens after the stage of communication?
The Court prepares its decision. Buta decision on complicated cases, like this complaint, occurs in two stages. First the Court answers the question, is the complaint, or any of its points, admissible to the European Court? Thisis not a mere formality. Itis worth mentioning that a majority of complaints are not taken into consideration at this point. Thevast majority of complaints from Russia do not reach Court because complainants either did not exhaust all legal remedies in their country, or they exceeded the six-month window allowed for filing a complaint.
So, you have passed the first step on the admissibility of the complaint. Nowwhat?
Now, in the second stage, the Court will determine exactly what violations were committed by the state. Government representatives, and we, will be asked additional questions on the merits of the alleged violations. Thiscomplaint addresses so many issues that, frankly, have rarely ever been seen by the European Court. Theissues are grouped and divided into eight parts, and some parts even contain ten questions.

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Edge of the Week broadcast
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, 04 2010
1VLADIMIR KARA-MURZA: The first blast occurred at the Lubyanka subway station at 07.57 am, the second at Culture Park 40minutes later. Female suicide bombers set off the explosives. Asa result of the attacks 39people were killed and 87injured. InMoscow, March 30th was designated a day of mourning for the dead. Previous attacks date back to 2004, when, on February 6th a blast occurred on a subway train between the Avtozavodskaya and Paveletskaya subway stations, killing 41and injuring about 250. OnAugust 31st, 2004, on the eve of the tragedy in Beslan, an improvised explosive device was set off near the Riga subway station. 8were killed and 300injured.
Analogous bombings in the Madrid and London subways brought thousands of indignant citizens out into the streets of European capitals. Writer Viktor Shenderovich is not surprised that the passive Russian public did not follow the examples of the Spanish or the English.

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A Journalists Notes. Weare becoming accustomed todeath
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, 01 2010

The terrorist bombings have created fear in our hearts. Butit is not fear of death at the hands of rabid thugs, but our own reaction to what is happening our indifference, reluctance, and inability to feel compassion is what isscary.


Ihave to say that Iam not a pessimist, and never was. Allmy life I, and everyone around me, thought me an optimist. Always and everywhere Iused to see only the good. Evenwhere at first glance there was nothing pleasant at all. I only watch nice, pleasant movies. Acrime show, which is what it should be called, Ionly watch on TV. Ido not view the death of parents, or severe diseases in children, as punishments, but as an alternative to something worse, something that we cannot mentally grasp at that moment. Inshort, Ilive according to two principles: ‘tomorrow will be better than yesterday’ and ‘the morning is wiser than the night before’.


But the blasts in the Moscow subway have driven me past that ‘point’. It has become scary. I am scared at my reaction to what is going on.

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We are dying for ratings
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, 30 2010

1In any Russian terror act the terrorists and the government are always to blame. Onlythe public is ever blameless. Inthis case the terrorists sacrificed themselves, so now the government works around the clock to deal with the aftermath while the public sits on the Internet and discusses it all.

The above paragraph, of course, was written to attract an angry reader's attention. Sonow that you have made it this far, Iwill try to explain.

Around noon on Monday the entire center of Moscow was packed with special vehicles. Thewounded had already been transported to hospitals, the dead put into plastic bags, and a pretty little helicopter had already departed from Lubyanka Square. Meanwhile, an interesting topic was raised on LiveJournal.

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