Recently, Vladimir Putin has earned respect among certain quarters in the conservative movement over his self-declared championship of ‘western values’. He has fearlessly stood up to the forces of Political Correctness by opposing gay pride parades in Moscow, as well as cracking down on blasphemous displays in churches, as per the Pussy Riot incident. He also unabashedly extolls ‘western values’ against the forces of Islamic fundamentalism. In contrast, the number of western politicians who are willing to stand up to PC totalitarianism is small, and when they do, they do so much more timidly. And these are not your typical western politicians, who are craven in their subservience to PC doctrine to the point of effeminate disgracefulness. Looking at things solely from this angle, Vladimir Putin looks good.
Well, let me throw some cold water on this nonsense. There is nothing ‘Western’ about Putin, nor commendable. He is a brutal savage, disgorged from the bowels of the KGB. He is a barbarian who needs to be defeated. If you have any doubts, watch this Bill Whittle video about the ‘workplace culture’ that spawned this evil man. One incident in particular reveals the character of Vladimir Putin, and it played a pivotal role in his coming to power: the apartment house bombings.
In August 9 1999, President Boris Yeltsin selected Vladimir Putin, then-head of the FSB (the successor organization to the KGB), to be his new Prime Minister.
Prior to Putin’s ascension, there had been a few terrorist bombings. First, there was a market-place bombing in North Ossetia on Mar 19, killing 62. This was widely attributed to Chechen terrorists as Russia was conducting a brutal campaign against them at that time.
The first bombing with Putin as PM occurred in a shopping center in Moscow on Aug 31. One person was killed and 40 were injured. A group calling itself “The Liberation Army of Dagestan” claimed responsibility. The next bombing – Russia’s first apartment bombing - occurred on Sept 4 in Dagestan, near the Chechen border. 64 Russian border guards and their family members were killed, and 133 were injured. So far, the bombings were either of small-scale or in the Caucuses near Chechnya.
The next bombing broke that pattern. It occurred on Sept 9 in Moscow. 400 kg of explosives was detonated beside an apartment building, destroying it, killing 94 people and wounding 249. On Sept 16, another apartment building was blown up, this time in Volgodonsk – killing 17 and injuring 69. In addition, on Sept 13 and 14, two more apartment bombs were discovered and diffused. Clearly, this put average Russians on edge, but now they were vigilant.
On Sept 22, locals in the town Ryazan (south of Moscow) noticed two men carrying sacks into an apartment building, from a car with Moscow plates. The local police found three 50 kg sacks filled with an explosive they identified, using state-of-the-art equipment, as RDX. This fact was initially confirmed by the FSB. The timer and detonator were armed. A local telephone operator intercepted a suspicious phone call suggesting a plot. Vladimir Putin praised the vigilance of the local residents. Composite pictures of the suspects were circulated, and they were soon arrested by local police.
At the police station, they produced FSB ID cards and were released. At this point the official story changed 180 degrees. It was not an attempted bombing, but a ‘readiness exercise’, and the sacks did not contain RDX, but sugar.
The car used by the FSB was listed by the local police as missing. And the FSB operators, whose pictures were widely circulated in the media, were never identified.
Why was the type of explosive important? Because RDX is a military explosive produced at one military factory. How did a large quantity of explosive disappear from this closely guarded facility?
On Sept 13, the speaker of the Russian Duma claimed to have received a report that an apartment building on the city of Volgodonsk had been blown up. The only problem? The Volgodonsk apartment bombing did not happen until Sept 16 – three days later.
Oh yeah. After the Aug 31 shopping center bombing, nobody had claimed responsibility for any bombings. And after Ryazan, no more apartment bombings occurred or were attempted.
A number of Muslims were convicted in some of the bombings but their convictions have been mired in controversy.
On New Year’s Day, Vladimir Putin surprised the world by announcing that he is now the acting President of Russia because Boris Yeltsin had abruptly resigned. On March 26, 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected President of Russia with 53% of the vote, campaigning in large part on finishing off the Chechen threat. Later that year, the Russian Duma sealed all information related to the Ryazan bombing for 75 years, on a pro-Kremlin party-line vote.
Considering all of this, Occam’s Razor leads one inescapably to the conclusion that the FSB, likely with the knowledge, and quite possibly under the direction of, Vladimir Putin, were responsible for at least some of the bombings – most likely the later, more destructive events that occurred away from the Caucuses – with the purpose of sowing an us-vs-them mentality among the Russian people that could be politically exploited.
Is it possible that this was some kind of a coincidence, and that Vladimir Putin is just unlucky in that all of these coincidences end up making him look guilty of something he didn’t do? Yes it is, but it’s not the way to bet. In Putin’s Russia, coincidences have a funny way of always breaking in the same direction. And for an unlucky guy, Vladimir Putin sure has led a charmed life.
Ultimately, the thing about Vladimir Putin is that he does believe in Political Correctness. It’s just a different Political Correctness than what rules in the West, and it is enforced by much more fearsome and ruthless means.