Tuesday, August 19, 2008

FSB stokes the tension

In a sign that Russia's special services may be planning acts of violence on Russian soil which can then be conveniently blamed on Georgians, Lenta.ru reports the head of Russia's FSB as warning that "Georgian special services" are planning "terrorist acts" [terakty] in Russia's Southern Federal District. This method of incrimination was used quite widely by the FSB during the first and second Chechen wars - the Moscow apartment bombings being the most notable example -  and it's no surprise to see it being resurrected in the Georgian context. For good measure, the announcement was coupled with warnings on an imminent reactivation of guerrilla activity in Dagestan, and the discovery of a "Georgian spy network" in the North Caucasus. 

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