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A Quick Conclusion

It is certainly not difficult to conceive that the double terrorist bombing committed on the Moscow metro this morning was orchestrated by militant Muslim groups from Chechnya, Dagestan, or Ingushetia (or another part of the North Caucasus).  Further, it seems irrelevant to question it given the claims of responsibility (or at least applause) already posted on kavkazcenter.com.

Still, it is strange how the FSB reached the conclusion:

The chief of the FSB, the main successor to the Soviet-era KGB, told President Dmitry Medvedev: “Body parts belonging to two female suicide bombers were found…and according to initial data, these persons are linked to the North Caucasus.

I am just curious how a body part displays its geographic point of origin … was it a tattoo, physical typology, bomb technology, or article of clothing which is unique to the area?  In an earlier report I had read (and cannot find now), Bortnikov talked about DNA testing of the body parts and amazingly fast test results … which of course made me think about the FSB’s proposal to fingerprint and DNA catalog the entire population of Chechnya.

This isn’t to suggest the entertainment of crass conspiracy theories, but more an observation of the Kremlin’s habits in terms of disaster management – provide as little official information as possible to the public.  I recall the Madrid train bombings of 2004 which were initially pinned upon the separatist group ETA, but later revelations of Al-Qaeda carrying out the attacks cost the ruling party its election and resulted in the withdrawal of Spanish troops from Iraq.

The Kremlin most likely jumped to the right and obvious conclusion, but there was still a jump.