posted on Oct, 29 2006 @ 09:44 AM
The case is one of the murkiest in post-Communist Russia and politically explosive as Vladimir Putin was head of both the FSB - the renamed KGB - and
the influential Security Council at the time.
Were the charges of FSB complicity ever proven the president could face disgrace and, possibly, criminal charges.
The bombing campaign came out of the blue in 1999, just as Boris Yeltsin's tenure was coming to an end. It caused panic and led to calls for
vengeance from ordinary Russians.
Mr Putin responded by invading Chechnya later that year and rode a resulting wave of popularity to electoral victory the following spring.
According to critics, who include the exiled tycoon Boris Berezovsky, then a Kremlin insider, the FSB organised the explosions as part of a campaign
to create support for their boss.
Senior military and intelligence officers have claimed that a parallel invasion of Dagestan, a southern Russian republic, by Chechen warlord Shamil
Basayev, was also tacitly encouraged by the FSB.
"I myself heard tapes of officials from Moscow speaking with Basayev to discuss arrangements for the attack," an FSB officer told The Telegraph. At
the time Russians hawks were itching for an excuse to rekindle the war in Chechnya.
Here we have a mainstream newspaper openly speculating about a russian conspiracy without giving ANY evidence or proof ! In contrast there are
hundreds of pieces of oddities, anomalies, strange coincidences and evidence that 9/11 was a conspiracy! It very simple: As long as its a conspiracy
involving other non-Nato countries (like Russia, Iran, North Korea, China etc.) its ok to report and discuss conspiracy theories and you're not
foolish if you believe them.