Wednesday 18 October 2017

Terror shadows Medvedev as 'war' hits capital

A commuter injured in the blast at the Park Kultury metro station in Moscow, Russia, yesterday
A commuter injured in the blast at the Park Kultury metro station in Moscow, Russia, yesterday

Tony Halpin

THE return of terrorism to Moscow has brought horror back to the lives of ordinary Russians and represents a defeat for the Kremlin's strategy of containing an Islamist insurgency inside the confines of the Northern Caucasus.

If claims that a Chechen group was behind the suicide bombings prove true, then it will be a particularly bitter blow. President Dmitry Medvedev lifted a state of emergency in Chechnya last April, convinced that his security services had broken the insurgency that had raged for a decade in the Northern Caucasus republic after the two bloody separatist wars of the 1990s.

Mr Medvedev's new representative to the region had been so confident about its prospects that on Friday he presented the president with a €11.1bn plan to turn the region into a centre for tourism.

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