Now I’m back home safely (thanks to all for your concern and kind words) lets get back to what this blog is all about – Russia or, for today at least, Russia’s reaction to today’s terrorist bombings in London.
First up is Vladimir Putin who is in the UK this today for the G8 summit:
"No matter where such inhuman crimes are perpetrated – in London, New
York or Moscow – they should be categorically condemned," Putin said.
"All civilized countries should unite in the fight against
Officials at the Moscow Metro have sensibly decided to step up safety measures:
We have a certain plan of action in these situations, Gayev said. Right now it is being implemented.
Some confusion as to the reason for the attacks from within the Russian government though. Former FSB boss Nikolai Kovalyov thinks it is connected to the announcement that London will host the 2012 Olympic Games, while Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the Duma’s International Affairs Committee thinks, along with most of us, that the G8 summit was the (indirect) target.
One slightly sour note from the Russian Finance Minister:
Alexei Kudrin said terrorists must be caught
and tried everywhere including Great Britain where they sometimes
receive asylum, in our opinion. London has given asylum to Akhmed
Zakayev, a spokesman for Chechen separatists who is wanted by Russia.
But finally, a quick roundup of reaction from around the Russian blogosphere from Mike Tyukanov (who will soon be joining the Siberian Light team. More on that tomorrow, when things here have calmed down a little):
A quick glance on Russian blogosphere: so far, the prevalent reactions are
compassion, solidarity and trust in the British character: "London is among
the most beautiful cities of the world, a cosmopolitic, merry and friendly
to its guests; the English are compassionate and fortitudinous; the enemy
will be crushed — that’s their tradition, and they respect traditions." "My
heartfelt condolences to the British people", (under Union Jack picture)
"London was attacked by terrorists. I express my solidarity with the British
people and government, and I hope they will show their stoutness". Trolls
will come eventually, but right now they are silent.