Was Magnitogorsk Explosion a Terrorist Act? Some Russians Think So
January 2 – In the climate of suspiciousness that arises from the low information
environment the Putin regime has created and the regime’s own actions in the
past, it is no surprise that Russians come up with their own explanations for
any event, often putting the darkest possible construction on something that may
or may not merit that approach.
is what is happening now in the wake of the Magnitogorsk apartment block explosions.
News agencies in the region are reporting that traces of hexogon explosive have
been found in the ruins, that the center of the explosion was in an apartment
on the third floor, and that this suggests the tragedy was an act of terrorism.
And there is even the likelihood that some will conclude that this action was the work of the Russian government itself just as the 1999 apartment block explosions were, actions that helped boost Putin to office. Given his current low standing in the polls, those inclined in a conspiratorial direction may suggest that this action may have been planned to keep him there.
That seems highly improbable, but the Kremlin leader has only himself to blame for the fact that many will suspect him of being capable even of this.