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Putins anti-terrorism pyramid turned out to be a Ponzische
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, 31 2011
After shaking up the transport police department, Medvedev introduces the post of ‘deputy minister for transportation security’
President Dmitry Medvedev has created a new post. Yetanother deputy interior minister, one who will be responsible for transportation security. Appointed to the new post was Colonel-General of Police Viktor Kiryanov, who previously headed the Russian department of traffic police. Thepresident announced this during a meeting with Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and General Kiryanov.
The Head of State recalled that recently he made several executive orders in the field of transportation security, noting that the Prime Minister expects a report in the near future. “Even before the execution of these orders, Ibelieve that the Interior Ministry must optimize its work relative to transportation,” the president said, adding that this is necessary in order to ensure security and law enforcement.
He noted that this was his reason for establishing a new position for a deputy minister. TheHead of State noted that it is not simply due to the issues of transportation, but all components: railways, air travel, and so on. “Get to work,” Dmitry Medvedev told his subordinates.
Discussing with ‘Svobodnaya Pressa’, whether the new post will help in the war on terror, is the Advisor to the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Russia, retired Major General of Police and Doctor of Jurisprudence Vladimir Ovchinsky.
‘SP’: Vladimir Semenovich (Ovchinsky), is the appointment of Deputy Minister Kiryanov a logical step?
OVCHINSKY: In and of itself it is a logical appointment, especially since the last bombing was at Domodedovo, a transportation facility. Butthe question arises: why is not the current leadership at the Interior Ministry responsible for the fact that, during the so-called reform of the ministry, they abolished the department of the transportation police, which acted as a coordinator? Ifthey did not like the head of that department, had they suspected him of something, they could have fired him and appointed someone else in his place. Theministry leadership has that authority.
If the transportation issue is so important, then why did they eliminate 20line departments of transportation over at the ministry? During the Interior Ministry’s pseudo-reform, linear control was transferred to districts and there was a reduction in force at the transportation police. Ithas already been established that officers from the Domodedovo transportation security detachment had received termination notices, and who even works in such a situation?
‘SP’: Fine. Theyappointed someone to be in charge of transportation security, but what if a terrorist attack occurs at an entertainment venue, as it did during ‘Nord-Ost’?
OVCHINSKY: You are right a terrorist attack could also occur in any large shopping center. Overthe weekend there were several false alarms about impending attacks on such facilities in Moscow and in the Moscow region. Willanother deputy minister be responsible for these threats?
There should be one deputy minister for situations like this, as it has always been over at the Interior Ministry the Deputy Minister of Public Safety. Heis supposed to coordinate his activities with the FSB in order to carry out joint actions to safeguard all sites where large numbers of people congregate on transports as well as at entertainment facilities such as theaters and shopping centers.
‘SP’: The Investigating Committee (formerly under the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office, now directly subordinate to the Russian President ed) said that the terrorist attack at Domodedovo has been solved. Along the way investigators also disclosed that they solved a terrorist attack that occurred in Kuzminki Park near Moscow on December 31st, 2010. Whatconclusions can we draw from this?
OVCHINSKY: It actually raises more questions. Before this there was only a rumor that there might have been an explosion in Kuzminki, or not Butnow the Investigating Committee has officially announced that the remains of a suicide bomber, and a suicide bomber belt, were found on December 31st in a building owned by a shooting club. Thenthey arrested other members of the group. Nowthere is anecdotal evidence that one of the detainees told investigators that the sites (to be attacked) were airports in Moscow.
‘SP’: What does this mean?
OVCHINSKY: If the FSB and police at the scene in Kuzminki Park knew on December 31st that they had discovered a terrorist group in Moscow, then why was there not a special anti-terrorist alert spread across Moscow, the whole region, and major cities across the country?
Let us take this even further. Thequestion is: what does our entire counter-terrorism pyramid represent? Aswe know, in 2006President Putin’s decree created the National Anti-Terrorism Committee with its staff of more than 200. Thatcommittee includes representatives of every law enforcement agency and department involved in security. Theyhave an operational headquarters, and every region created their own anti-terrorism commission. Inthis case the counter-terrorism pyramid is like Mavrodi’s pyramid (the Russian version of Ponzi or Madoff, Mavrodi defrauded investors of over$1 billion ed). OnDecember 31st it did not work. Nopreventive action was taken, and the people were left to the terrorists.
‘SP’: How would you assess this situation?
OVCHINSKY: Following statements by the Investigative Committee that they already knew for certain that groups of terrorists had arrived in Moscow from the North Caucasus to commit terrorist attacks, Ibelieve that everything that happened at Domodedovo is our version of September 11th. Notin scope or number of deaths, but in its consequences.
As you know, after September 11th, the U.S.Congress and Senate held investigations into the causes of that terrorist attack, and as a result heads of law enforcement and security agencies in the U.S. were fired and a new structure, a unified Department of Homeland Security, in which all information is concentrated, was created. Because of this, over the next 10years the Americans have not allowed a single major terrorist attack to occur in their country.
Over here everyone still has their jobs and no regulations have changed. Iwent to the website of the National Counter-terrorist Committee. Thelast update there was from in 2007. There is no new legislation, no appeals to citizens, and no pictures of wanted criminals. There is not a thing! Andit is the same on the FSB’s website.
Someday this will come to a head. Someday we must restore order in the country. Wewill drown in blood if we have the same leaders and sane organizations working to combat terror.
Investigation Committee: Domodedovo terrorist attack solved
On January 31st the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation posted on its official website a report on the terrorist attack at Domodedovo, and the explosion of the suicide bomber in Kuzminki:
Investigators from the central investigation department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, together with the operational staff of the FSB and the Russian Interior Ministry, solved a crime committed on January 24th, 2011, at Domodedovo airport.
The identity of the suicide bomber who committed the attack using a shrapnel bomb has been established. Heis a 20-year-old native of one of the North Caucasus republics. Although investigators know the name of the terrorist, at this time we cannot give his name due to certain circumstances, since at this time investigative and search actions aimed at uncovering and arresting the organizers of this terrorist attack and their accomplices are still underway. Weemphasize that the attack was in the international flights arrival hall was no coincidence. According to investigators, the attack was directed primarily against foreign nationals. Today we are also ready to release the findings of an investigation of another crime connected to terrorism.
According to the results of investigative and operational actions, all persons involved in the explosion that occurred on December 31st, 2010, in a hotel room at the ‘Sport Shooting Club and Military Hunting Society’, located on Golovachev Street in Moscow, have been identified. Someof the suspects have been detained, and in this regard 4persons are being held under investigation. Several persons are also wanted by the operational services. According to investigators, the terrorist group was preparing a terrorist attack on the center of Moscow for December 31st, 2010.
In particular we note that investigation has revealed that two unrelated militant groups from the various North Caucasus republics committed the terrorist attack at Domodedovo and the bomb explosion in the hotel complex.
How the police were kicked off the transport
At the end of December 2009, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree on measures to improve the work of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. Among other things, it dealt with the optimization of the Interior Ministry structure, particularly in its central office where the number of departments would be reduced from 15to 13.
Eliminated was the department responsible for closed areas and sensitive sites, as well as the Department of Transportation Security (DTS).
Reforming DTS sparked strong reactions among both former and present leaders of transportation security. Inletters to the President and Prime Minister of the country, as well as to the Interior Minister, these Soviet and Russian veterans expressed concern about the elimination of the centralized ministry agency responsible for transportation. “The need for the existing rank and file transportation police (since they works not simply within one region but along the entire transportation route) is confirmed by more than 60years experience by imperial Russian railway police and 90years experience of the Soviet and Russian transportation security departments, as well as the practices of transportation security in the CIS and other foreign countries,” wrote the Interior Ministry veterans to the leaders of Russia.
The police veterans received no response to their appeal from either Dmitry Medvedev or Vladimir Putin. Minster Nurgaliyev’s response can be assumed by his plan to continuing implementation of the presidential decree, which eliminates the DTS and 20inter-regional transportation security departments responsible for rail, sea, river, and air transportation. These departments’ buildings, lands, vehicles, etc. will be transferred to a specially created commission.
According to DTS data, about 100persons are employed at their central office, while the total number of transportation police is 50thousand. According to the presidential decree, the Interior Ministry, consisting of 1.4 million people, must be reduced by 280thousand by the year 2012.
From the ‘SP’ dossier:
Colonel-General of Police Viktor Nikolayevich Kiryanov was born on December 29th, 1952, in the city of Tikhvin in the Leningrad region. After military service he began work at the Tikhvin city traffic police.
From 1994to 1996he was chief of the department of vehicle registration and driver testing for the St. Petersburg and Leningrad regional traffic police.
On June 27th, 1996, Viktor Kiryanov was appointed deputy chief of traffic police for the city of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region.
In 2001, Viktor Kiryanov became a member of the Chief Directorate of Traffic Police for Russia, and from October 2001to March 2003, he served as head of the highway patrol and personnel search.
In 2004, the Directorate of Traffic Police was renamed the Department of Highway Safety (DHS) under the Interior Ministry of Russia, and Viktor Kiryanov was appointed its head. From2004 to January 2011, he served as the chief of DHS and the chief inspector of highway safety for the Russian Federation.
In January 2011, Colonel-General Kiryanov was appointed Deputy Interior Minister for transportation security.
“This is perhaps the most responsible commission in my many years of service,” Viktor Kiryanov told ITAR-TASS. “It is too early to say what specific new measures will be taken for the performance of the president’s tasks to ensure transportation security,” he said. “But we’ll immediately get to work.”
By Andrey Polunin in ‘Svobodnaya Pressa’
January 31st, 2011

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