Russian Apartment Bombings

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"The Russian apartment bombings were a series of explosions that hit four apartment blocks in the Russian cities of Buynaksk, Moscow, and Volgodonsk in September 1999, killing 293 people and injuring 651."1

This bombing was blamed on a group called [[The Liberation Army of Dagestan]], however a Dagestani official and other sources claimed that no such group existed. The rebel leaders Ibn al-Khattab and Shamil Basayev both denied responsibility for the attacks. Basayev suggested that they were related to Russian domestic politics and may have been carried out by Russian special services.

Alleged False Flag Attack

Shamil Basayev was not the only one to suggest that the bombs had been the work of Russian special services. Former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko and journalist Anna Politkovskaya both later posed theories that the Russian FSB had carried out these attacks in a false flag operation in order to justify the Second Chechen War and to consolidate power for Vladimir Putin. Litvinenko was murdered in 2006 when his tea was poisoned with radioactive polonium 210. After he fell ill and before his death, he accused the FSB and Putin of targeting him for assassination. Politkovskaya, a long-term critic of the Chechen conflict, was shot and killed outside her Moscow flat the same year.

Several other pieces of information seem to support the theory that the bombings could have been the work of the FSB, including the type of explosive used (RDX), the defused bombs at Ryazan, the arrest of independent investigator Mikhail Trepashkin, and the sealing of all materials and prohibition of new investigations for 75 years.

Several others have suggested similar theories:

Relevance to Junsui Investigation

These bombings form a critical piece of history in the North Caucasus. They set the the stage for the Second Chechen War and the continued conflict that the Sisters became a part of. Both Ibn al-Khattab and Shamil Basayev are potential identities of The Emir referenced in Rhea's Confession.

Bomb Composition Similarities
On page 3 of the Rhea's Record document, the alleged composition of Oksana's IED is described.

Disguised as a prostitute, (Oksana) Kareeva transported an improvised explosive device containing 800 grams of TNT, aluminum powder, sugar and saltpeter that was supposed to blow up the base. There were 103 OMON police and 151 Buynaksk fighters stationed at the Sabnova base on the day of the terrorist attack.

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It was initially reported by the FSB that the explosives used by the terrorists was RDX (or "hexogen"). However, it was officially declared later that the explosive was not RDX, but a mixture of aluminum powder, niter (saltpeter), sugar, and TNT prepared by the perpetrators in a concrete mixer at a fertilizer factory in Urus-Martan, Chechnya.[65][66] RDX is produced in only one factory in Russia, in the city of Perm.[27] According to Satter, the FSB changed the story about the type of explosive, since it was difficult to explain how huge amounts of RDX disappeared from the closely guarded Perm facility.

Rhea's Record also mentions RDX as the explosive on board the vehicle Vera drove and detonated, killing the two soldiers and saving Oksana's life.

Where Vera got a vehicle and 3 kg of RDX is not made clear in Rhea's Confession — in this account, she appears just at the right moment to save Oksana with no further explanation.

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