Friday, November 21, 2008

The FSB accused yet again of being behind Beslan

Just two weeks ago, I wrote about Alexander Litvinenko's accusations that the Beslan school hostage taking was orchestrated by the Russian secret services. Now, today, I read (via translation) that Ella Kesayeva – co-chair of the persecuted Voice of Beslan group – has alleged, too, that Russian secret services were behind the incident. She wrote yesterday Novaya Gazeta (in Russia, which I can't read, but the translation isn't too bad), in which she outlines the suspicious history of many of the terrorists: all of them had at one point been in FSB and UBOP custody, and many were suspiciously released from government custody right before the incident, with their criminal proceedings having been mysteriously terminated without explanation. Kesayeva concludes that the only explanation for what appears to be widespread negligence on the part of Russia's security services is that they themselves were behind the attacks.

While it's good to see someone continuing on with Politkovskaya and Litvinenko's crusade, Novaya Gazeta's article and Kesayeva's statement are more formalizing and publicizing the things that Litvinenko (who had inside information on the workings of the FSB) has already stated. But we still don't know what Anna Politkovskaya had discovered about Beslan that led to her being killed, and next time Putin orchestrates a false flag attack to justify a power grab, neither Politkovskaya nor Litvinenko will be there to tell us about it.

A note about sources: both of these news organizations ( and Novaya Gazeta) are highly credible. One measures of credibility of oppositional media in Russia is the extent to which a given organization is persecuted, and by that measure, is as credible as the New York Times – its founder, Magomed Yevloyev, was shot and killed while in police custody just a few months ago, and his website was chased off the Runet. Novaya Gazeta is a very famous dissident newspaper, and was the employer of über-investigative report Anna Politkovskaya, before she was assassinated (likely for coming to the same conclusion that still-alive Kesayeva has just expressed).

A note about translation: I used a translation from a blog, but if you use any online translation site, you can see for yourself what the Russian-language sources say. Google has a surprisingly good Russian translator.

A further note about translation: Problem solved! Dave Essel at La Russophobe has made a high-quality English translation of the original Novaya Gazeta article.

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