Description: Blowing Up Russia contains the allegations of ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko against his former spymasters in Moscow which led to his being murdered in London in November 2006. In the book he and historian Yuri Felshtinsky detail how since 1999 the Russian secret service has been hatching a plot to return to the terror that was the hallmark of the KGB. Vividly written and based on Litvinenko’s 20 years of insider knowledge of Russian spy campaigns, Blowing Up Russia describes how the successor of the KGB fabricated terrorist attacks and launched a war. Writing about Litvinenko, the surviving co-author recounts how the banning of the book in Russia led to three earlier deaths.
The strapline: Acts of terror, abductions, and contract killings organized by the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation
Translated from Russian by
Geoffrey Andrews and Co.
Opening: Chapter 1: The FSB foments war in Chechnya: No one but a total madman could have wished to drag Russia into any kind of war, let alone a war in the North Caucasus. As if Afghanistan had never happened. As if it weren’t clear in advance what course such a war would follow, or just what would be the outcome and the consequences of a war declared within the confines of a multinational state against a proud, vengeful, and warlike people. How could Russia possibly have become embroiled in one of its most shameful wars during the very period of its development which was most democratic in form and most liberal in spirit?
Dzhokhar Musayevich Dudaev
Chapter 2: The secret services run riot: It is worth noting the way in which the press office of the Russian government described the terrorist attack carried out on December 23: “Information has been received concerning the dispatch to Moscow [from Chechnya] of three experienced guerrilla fighters, including one woman, who have instructions to assume the leadership of groups of terrorists sent here previously.”
The Sting tips Yeltsin, democracy and liberalism into the abyss.
Chapter 3: Moscow detectives take on the FSB: Tskhai was made head of the Twelfth Section, which specialized in solving contract killings, and only ten months later, he was already the deputy chief of MUR (Moscow Criminal Investigation Department). He had previously worked in the Central Criminal Investigation Department (GUUR) of the Russian Ministry of the Interior.
Wiki sourced: In 2007 investigator Mikhail Trepashkin said that, according to his FSB sources, “everyone who was involved in the publication of the book Blowing up Russia will be killed”, and that three FSB agents have made a trip to Boston to prepare the assassination of Felshtinsky. After death of exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who sponsored the book, Felshinsky suggested that Berezovsky was killed.
Chapter 4: Nikolai Platonovich Patrushev (a biographical note): Whereas during the first Chechen war of 1994-1996, the state security forces had simply been attempting to forestall Russia’s development towards a liberal-democratic society, the political goals of the second Chechen war were far more serious: to provoke Russia into war with Chechnya, and to exploit the ensuing commotion to seize power in Russia
at the forthcoming presidential elections in 2000. The “honor” of provoking a war with Chechnya fell to the new director of the FSB, Colonel-General Patrushev.
Patrushev Nikolay Platonovich
Chapter 5: The FSB fiasco in Ryazan:
“When someone commits a crime, it’s very important to catch them while the trail is still hot. Nikolai Patrushev—about the events in Ryazan. Itogi, 5 October 1999
In September 1999, monstrous acts of terrorism were perpetrated in Buinaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk. We shall begin with the terrorist attack which could have been the most terrible of them all, if it had not been foiled. On September 22, something unexpected happened: in Ryazan, FSB operatives were spotted planting sugar sacks containing hexogene in the bedroom community of Dashkovo-Pesochnya.
Chapter 6: The FSB resorts to mass terror: Buinaksk, Moscow,
Volgodonsk: The perpetrators of the terrorist attacks in Buinaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk were never found, and we can only guess at who was behind the attacks by analogy with the events in Ryazan. In these three towns, the Ryazan-style “exercises” were carried through to their intended conclusion, and the lives of several hundred people were abruptly cut short or totally ruined.
Chapter 7: The FSB against the people: So far the terrorists had not been identified, or rather they had been identified as not being Chechens. The failed bombing attempt in Ryazan prompted the public to think that the FSB might be behind the bombings. For the “party of war” this was just one more indication that a full-scale war in Chechnya had to be started as soon as possible. The date of September 24 was no coincidence, for if the bombing in Ryazan had succeeded, Putin and the heads of all the military and law enforcement ministries were scheduled to make hard-line speeches in response.
Chapter 8: The FSB sets up free-lance special operations groups: Free-lance conspiratorial military operations groups consisting of former and current members of special armed forces units and the structures of law enforcement began to be set up in Russia in the 1980s.
Chapter 9: The FSB organizes contract killings: From 1993, Lazovsky’s brigade included the Uzbek Quartet. All four of the group were Russians who had been born in Uzbekistan. They were also former special operations
group officers who, according to the head of the 10th Section of the Moscow RUOP, Vitaly Serdiukov, were supremely skilled in using all forms of firearms and could improvise powerful bombs from items that happened to be at hand. These four criminals specialized in contract killings.
Chapter 10: The secret services and abductions: Every time we hear about beheadings, we are reminded of the abduction and brutal execution of hostages in Chechnya. Everybody knows that most of the abductions are
carried out by Chechen bandits in the hope of extorting ransom. Just how difficult a job it is to get hostages freed can be seen from the well-known case of the abduction of Magomet Keligov.
Chapter 11:The FSB: reform or dissolution?: For the sake of objectivity, we should point out that attempts to reform the FSB from within have been made by isolated individuals in the system, but they have not been successful. On the contrary, efforts made by individual FSB officers to maintain the honor of the ranks of the special agencies and the crushing defeat suffered by heroic individuals in this war have only served to demonstrate, yet, again, that reform of the FSB is impossible, and this agency of the state must be abolished.
Take a moment to consider all the innocents that had their lives cut short when the Party of War decided to make one of their own the absolute leader. It makes me so sad and I feel dirty knowing the methods employed, however I also now know, utterly and completely, that that man and his cronies are pure evil. No picture of him in Church or wrapping a shawl around a woman will sway my conviction that the world is sporting a megalomaniac equal to Stalin and Hitler.
Funnily enough, he is exactly where those above two were in 1935.
I am glad I have taken the trouble to read in depth everything I could lay my hands on to get a rounded picture as a considered opinion is always preferable to a knee-jerk.
To those agencies who have been alerted by my research items such as hexogene etc. (yep – read Snowden earlier this week so I know what I am talking about) I give you a granny wave and tell you not to worry.
27th November 2014:Russia puts ‘Putin’s banker’ Sergei Pugachev on Interpol wanted list.