Sunday, June 12, 2005

News Ritual

AP reports:
A suspected terrorist bomb blast derailed a train traveling from Chechnya to Moscow on Sunday morning, injuring at least 15 people, officials said. It was a national holiday, the Day of Russia, and the blast occurred hours before President Vladimir Putin held a reception and awards ceremony in the Kremlin. Many Chechen rebel attacks have been timed for significant Russian holidays
The part in italics gives rise to a comment at chechnya-sl, where a poster writes:
"This nonsense has now been repeated so consistently by the Russian propaganda that international agencies have begun to present it as a fact in their ritual introductions."

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