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Russia. How will Putin respond after the attack? Bad sign for Kiev

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Vladimir Putin owes his promotion to terror. In August 1999, when, as part of his meteoric career alongside President Boris Yeltsin, he headed the FSB and then became prime minister, the country was shaken by a series of mysterious bomb attacks. Five heavy explosions and a thwarted attack are still the subject of speculation about the involvement of the secret services. Real, but also fake, traces pointed to perpetrators from Chechnya and Dagestan. Putin's FSB however, it also left a large footprint” – writes Stefan Kornelius in “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”.

In his opinion, the attacks and the fear that accompanied them were helpful to the “new prime minister” as a pretext for a second military intervention in Chechnya. They then consolidated Putin's image as an “authoritative leader.”

“The attack on the concert hall (in Krasnogorsk) is not only a tragedy, but also a threat to the regimewho long ago gave the concept of terror a different meaning and directed it against the Ukrainian neighbor,” writes Kornelius. From Putin's point of view, terrorists rule in Kiev and also fought in metallurgical plants in Mariupol.

Russia. The attack is “unacceptable” to Putin

The fact that the Russian state is dealing not only with this adversary, but also with the threat from Islamists who, in addition, may come from Afghanistan – the place of Russia's war trauma – is unacceptable in Moscow.

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Kornelius warns that the evidence so far is not sufficient to definitively identify the perpetrators, therefore the involvement of the Ukrainian services is “conceivable.” However, the participation of Russian services is equally likely, in accordance with the 1999 variant creating a threat that would allow for military mobilization and further restriction of civil liberties – we read in “SZ”.

Putin has so far been able to wage war in Ukraine without unnecessarily absorbing Russia's population. The economic burden is bearable and civilian life continues without major disruptions. The security promise made to society in 1999 and kept so far is: “The state is strong and invincible, and the lack of personal freedom is compensated by extensive protection against (imaginary) enemies (NATO, Ukraine) and real threats.”

Will Putin's anger hit Ukraine?

“Real threats they have now returned and attacked the system. As always, the regime needs a few days to adapt the interpretation to its own interests. Therefore, no one will be surprised if Putin's anger hits Ukraine with full force,” writes Stefan Kornelius in conclusion.

According to “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, the attack on the concert hall near Moscow is a “disgusting crime” and the number of victims is shocking, which is why the decision of the government of Germany and other Western countries to stigmatize this act was right. The commentator warns that despite deep differences, there should not be an impression of “Schadenfeude”.

However, in his opinion, the issue of guilt is problematic. Putin and his aides are trying to direct suspicion towards the Ukrainian trail. In the West, the statements of the Islamic State are believed. “Preventing terrorist attacks is not easy. In this case, there is a suspicion that the Russian security apparatus was occupied or even distracted by war and political repression. Putin has not made Russia stronger, as he constantly claims, but more vulnerable to blows,” we read in “FAZ “.

A series of accusations against Putin. “He promised safety”

“Like many other dictators, Putin made an unwritten pact with his people. He promised security and order, and in return the nation had to accept restrictions on freedom. The terrorist attack near Moscow made it clear to everyone that Putin did not keep his end of the bargain” – writes Gregor Schwung in “Die Welt”.

The attack is a humiliation for Putin, the commentator emphasized. In a speech delivered 19 hours after the attack, the dictator did not explain anything, but blamed Ukraine. “It's not surprising. Any other version would be an admission that he did not keep his part of the security-for-freedom agreement,” he adds.

For two years, Putin has been trying to portray alleged Nazis in Kiev as Russia's greatest threat. The fact that the threat probably came from IS, and the US warned about the attack, led to the collapse of the “building based on lies.”

“Putin's power is not threatened. The hope that people will rise up has faded over the years,” writes Schwung, adding that Russians have become “a nation sunk in lethargy” and they accepted their fate.

FSB. There were words about negligence

Russia has been pursuing people with different views as “terrorists” for two years. The FSB neglected the real threats related to Islamist circles, writes Inna Hartwig in “Tageszeitung”.

“Nineteen hours passed before the man who a week ago was allegedly elected president by almost 90 percent of his people spoke to this nation,” we read in the commentary.

This is typical Putin behavior when dealing with disasters. He behaved in the same way during the Kursk submarine disaster in 2000, as well as during the hostage-taking at the Dubrovka theater in Moscow in 2002 and during the Beslan hostage drama two years later.

“The 71-year-old politician shows decisiveness when he is able to control the situation. When he loses control, Putin resorts to escape,” writes Hartwig.

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Russian oppositionist in “Guest of Events” about Putin: If the West starts to act, he will not attack Europe/Polsat News/Polsat News

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