The “rebels,” of course, are Islamic jihadists — holding to the same ideology and belief-system as the Iranians whom the Russians have been foolishly and short-sightedly aiding. “Murder on the Nevsky Express,” by Matthew Campbell and Anna Voutsen in the Sunday Times, November 29:
The first sign of something wrong as the Nevsky Express raced through the night came when the train began to “tremble”. Then the carriage gave a violent lurch to the left and Igor Pechnikov was hurled from his seat.
He was one of the lucky ones. At least 30 other passengers aboard the luxury express from Moscow to St Petersburg were killed and scores more injured when a bomb went off, derailing the last three carriages, including Pechnikov’s, at 130mph.
“I flew through half of the carriage,” he said yesterday after being led from the twisted wreckage.
Rescue workers searching the mangled debris for 18 people still unaccounted for escaped injury when a second bomb partially detonated nearby yesterday afternoon.
There was no claim of responsibility but suspicion immediately fell on rebels fighting Moscow’s rule over the mountainous republic of Chechnya in the northern Caucasus region. They have carried out similar attacks….