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Re: Possible Analysis...

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 1695941
Date 1970-01-01 01:00:00
I think this is a nice angle.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Eugene Chausovsky"
To: "Peter Zeihan"
Cc: "Reva Bhalla" , "Lauren Goodrich"
, "Peter Zeihan" ,
"Marko Papic"
Sent: Thursday, December 3, 2009 8:08:04 AM GMT -06:00 Central America
Subject: Re: Possible Analysis...

Yes, but i would go beyond saying 'even' to 'especially' law enforcement
is politicized...

Peter Zeihan wrote:

hehe - i'm a little sick of that angle myself, but ur right that this
could be a good way to highlight it from the underbelly

so ur thinking of what, a para on the rift and using this as a case
study to show how even 'law enforcement' (only used quotes because this
straddles the line between crime and terror) is politicized?

Reva Bhalla wrote:

i think that's a pretty neat angle
On Dec 3, 2009, at 7:59 AM, Eugene Chausovsky wrote:

What about from the angle that the investigations into the attack
are indicative of the political rift within Russia - Putin and Med
want this to blow away, but the FSB are all over it, as well as the
possible backlash against Surkov.

Peter Zeihan wrote:

that's the problem -- too many culprits and based on who did it
there are a wide divergence of actions that will be taken

from what we have here the russians really don't have any leads
two weeks after the events, so its really not worth going thru all
the suspects

Reva Bhalla wrote:

i just think it would be useful to other readers to gain insight
on teh culprits the russians are seriously considering. its an
anomalous event, even Putin is talking about, the concern for
Islamist terrorism is there. Lauren's got the scoop on what
exactly they're investigating. we can always update as we get
more info on who they narrow it down to
On Dec 3, 2009, at 7:35 AM, Peter Zeihan wrote:

great for client, but i don't see an angle we need to do for a
piece until they know who did it

once that happens, then its a slam dunk because we already
know what the consequences will be

Lauren Goodrich wrote:

**we had a client who had alot of questions on the train
bombing in Russia, so I started sorting through it all for
them and with godfather.... it ended up being a prototype
analysis that just needs to be written through....
lots of little details in this one, so don't hesitate to
call me.

LG: Okay, Korenaa*| I have been meaning to send all this out
as insight, since have a lot of information & analytical
conclusions on this topic...

Right now the Prosecutor Generala**s office is looking at
two very different groups as possibly behind the train
bombing. They are leaving their options open to a wildcard
possibility, but nothing has leapt out yet.


First off, the Combat 18 group that initially took credit
for the bombing was bunk. I said from the beginning that the
Prosecutor Generala**s office was very wary of their claim
behind the attack. Combat 18 really doesna**t have the
capability to pull off something even as crude as this.

Now this doesna**t mean that a right wing group isna**t
behind the attack. Russia has two fascistsa**Nikita Tikhonov
and Yevgenia Khasis-- under arrest for other murders of some
human rights activists. Their radical nationalist
groupsa**Russian Image and Russian Verdicta**have had
rumblings that they could have pulled off the attack as
well. Though neither group has come out and claimed
responsibility. (not for publishingA ) This would be very
bad if they were tied to the train bombings since both
groups were once Kremlin supported, though the Kremlin no
longer holds ties since they are off the deep end in violent
acts around Russia.

The theory behind Comabt 18, Russiaa**s Image or Russiaa**s
Verdict being behind the attacks would be to try to make it
look like the Caucasus groups did it. They are all highly
anti-immigrants and their violent acts in Russia are
becoming more regular.


No, the more likely answer is that one of the Caucasus
groups or Caucasus lone wolfs is behind the attack. This is
where the Interior Ministry and FSB are putting their main

The letter sent to KavKazCenter is thus far pretty credible.
KavKazCenter is the portal for most chatter from
Caucasusa**especially Chechena**extremists. There are a few
problems with their claim, but it doesna**t mean that it is
completely bunk.

First off, the internet IP signature is similar to those who
claimed the Dam attack in August, which wasna**t even a
terrorist attack (not even close). But this is the same
similar signature for other attacks in the past, which did
occur. They also claimed responsibility for the
assassination attempt on Yunus-Bek Yekurov, so it seems they
want to claim responsibility for everythinga*|.. which is
why the Prosecutor Generala**s office is wary to be so
convinced of their claims without further proof.

Second, this group claims to be loyal to Doku Umarov, who
may be dead or dyinga*| it is known that D. Umarov was badly
shot in June and no one has heard from him since. Kadyrov
believes he is dead, but there is no body yet, so who knows.

But there are a few reasons why this group may be telling
the truth:

Those arrested in the 2007 train bombing claim to have been
tied to this group and the explosive devices between the
2007 and 2009 train bombings are very similar.

Second, this group claimed in August that it would start
going after economic targets [Stratfor piece on it:]
. We havena**t seen it yet. If they are truly behind this
bombing, then this will be their first attack behind their
August proclamation. Nevsky Express is a prime economic
target because it is 1) full of Russian & foreign
businessmen 2) is near the 2 capitals 3) is easy to pull off
4) theya**ve pulled it off before 5) will make major
headlines, unlike attacks in the Caucasus.

WARINESS BEHIND CLAIMS: Then again, the Prosecutor General
told me to be careful in proclaiming this was the Caucasus
groups making good on their August threat. They are still
entertaining the lone wolf scenarioa*|. This track is easy
to bomb and any lone Chechen outside of Moscow could have
done it.

THE OTHER TRAIN ATTACK: Thus far there is no connection
between this attack and the one on the train heading for
Baku, the Prosecutor General says. That one looks much more
like Daghestani militants who are really ticked off at
Azerbaijan right now.


First off Medvedev and Putin want this whole thing to go
away and get out of the media. That is why Medvedev is
pushing the a**quick time linea** for investigations. The
sooner it gets out of the media the sooner the Russian
people will forget it (esp since this isna**t the first
attack on this train).
The FSB are the ones who are taking this attack very
seriously and they want to go all out on whoever was behind
ita*| problem is that they need to know who did it first.
If it does get proven that it was the Caucasus group from
Chechnya, then the FSB wants Kadyrov to unleash hell inside
Chechnya. They also want to scare Kadyrov for allowing such
an attack to happen. The FSB is not happy right now.

ONE MORE SIDENOTE: if the Caucasus group or the neo-nazis
are ever proven behind this attack, then watch for some
backlash against Surkov. Remember that Surkov is in charge
of both Chechnya/Kadyrov and the nationalists (even the
neo-nazis)a*| hea**ll need to prove he has them all under
control. That is why Surkov is very interested in some lone
wolf pulling this attack off while pretending to be part of
one of the other groups.

Lauren Goodrich
Director of Analysis
Senior Eurasia Analyst
T: 512.744.4311
F: 512.744.4334