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Re: HUMINT - RUSSIA - Train explosion... went to chat with Interior Ministry on it.

Released on 2012-05-10 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 5524777
Date 2007-08-14 13:47:24
I'm going to pull all the facts thus far together for a preliminary
early-morning GV... then security can take over from there. (see... I'm
crossing AORs)

Lauren Goodrich wrote:

A Transportation Minister, Igor Levitin.
The guys that I spoke with were from both the FSB and Prosecutor's
Office who are working on the case under the Interior Ministry.
The Transportation Ministry and Prosecutor's Office are part of the
Interior Ministry. But the FSB is working with IM on this.

Fred Burton wrote:

Does Russia have a rail minister?


From: Lauren Goodrich []
Sent: Tuesday, August 14, 2007 6:27 AM
To: 'Analysts'
Subject: HUMINT - RUSSIA - Train explosion... went to chat with
Interior Ministry on it.
Okay, I went and talked with quiet a few people on this, especially at
the Interior Ministry.

This is not the top story here in Russia, but is in the top three...
so it is still very important.

The bomb went off in one of the busiest if not the busiest train
tracks in Russia. That route between Moscow and St. Petes is used 24
hours a day. The bomb went off late last night. It is very common by
both common people and by businessmen to use that train overnight to
be in Moscow all one day sleep overnight on the train and then be in
St. Petersburg the next morning for business or other things. I myself
have done that many times.
No one was killed but six were injured.

The Russian authorities I spoke with are saying that wanna-be Chechen
militants are behind this. That the attack was not from an organized
or powerful Chechen militant group, but was created to resemble the
2003 Chechen militant attack that killed 46 on a Russian train. The
authorities are saying the explosives weren't powerful or well-made
like the actual Chechen ones.

I asked if this could be from Moscow-based Chechen militants or what
Strat likes to call `home-grown' regional groups and the two
authorities I spoke with said that that would definitely make sense
and is something they are heavily looking into.

I also asked if this was in response to Russia moving a much larger
amount of troops into the Southern Caucasus and the authorities
assured me that Russian forces have squashed the majority of real
militants in Dagestan, Chechnya and Ingushetia-that this attack seemed
to be some amateur's attempt to stage an attack that was meant to look
like or be like those that would come from real S. Caucasus militants.