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GEORGIAN SECRET SERVICES PLOT TERRORIST ACTS IN RUSSIA

Secret services warn of the possibility of terrorist acts in Russia engineered by Georgians.


All of Moscow was recently scared by reports on a terrorist act plotted by Georgian Patriots (a somewhat obscure and small organization of patriotic youths, one of many Western-sponsored structures Mikhail Saakashvili cultivated). The report appeared in a central Russian newspaper and was promptly denounced. It is said that the Georgian diaspora in Russia hit the roof and complained of being presented in the media as consisting of terrorists alone.

To quote from the initial report, “… Organized Crime Department of the Eastern Administrative District of Moscow has reasons to believe that some unidentified men from the Caucasus including radicals from Georgian Patriots plan a number of terrorist acts in the Russian Federation and specifically in Moscow… What information is available indicates that Georgian Patriots intend to use shakhids. Moreover, terrorists have plotted something previously never tried in Moscow – mass execution of bypassers in central Moscow.”

Press service of the Moscow Police Force neither confirmed nor refuted the report. Moscow top cop Vladimir Pronin merely said that the police were ready for any emergency including terrorist acts and that the Muscovites had nothing to worry about.

… Until recently, information on Georgian secret services’ plans (some of them at least) was available from the Abkhazian colleagues but that’s no longer an option. Anyway, some data on what was planned for Sochi, St.Petersburg, and Moscow this year have reached Versiya. It was the Federal Security Service (FSB) in Sochi that first become alerted to the possibility of terrorist acts plotted by some Georgian “non-governmental organizations” with help from secret services.

The terrorist acts were scheduled for February. They were to be carried out by the Georgian escapees from Abkhazia. When they somehow failed to volunteer their services, the decision was made by use the Kista Chechens living on the territories of the Tianeti, Akhmet, and Telavi districts of Georgia. This bright idea first occurred to Anna Zhvania, the head of the Special Foreign Intelligence Service.

Local law enforcement agencies happened on one Isa Muradov, a Kista Chechen who had fought the Russian federal forces in the second Chechen war. Muradov was summoned for a friendly chat and explained in no uncertain terms that he had no choice really. Refusal to do what the Georgians expected from him would result in his extradition to Russia where the Russians themselves could be trusted to lock him up and throw away the key. Bullied into cooperation, Muradov accepted a mission and surrendered to the Sukhumi police several days later.

When decision-makers in Tbilisi discovered exactly how Zhvania had recruited Muradov, they fired her on the spot. The new Director of the Special Foreign Intelligence Service Gela Bezhuashvili chose more adequate methods. It is said that the idea to use Georgian Patriots belongs to Bezhuashvili.

Sources in Abkhazian secret services maintain that all acts of intimidation were charted by Bezhuashvili and Otari Kvelidze, Chief of the Special State Service. Taking orders directly from the president, the Special State Service is a SWAT team. The Georgian opposition suspects that servicemen of the structure were involved in the demise of Prime Minister Zurab Zhvania and in some other scandalous assassinations…

In a word, alibi for organizers was one of the principal demands. It was necessary to be able to attribute terrorist acts to some underworld network which had to be established first, of course. By August 2008, secret services infiltrated Algetian Wolves and Georgian Patriots. These men were supposed to become organizers of terrorist acts. At least two plans were charted. One of them was centered around attack on the railroad terminal in Sochi, the other involved an attempt to overrun one of St.Petersburg metro stations.

What followed, however, was the Five Day War that compelled Georgian secret services to correct their plans.

The Special State Service wasted no time in plotting an attack on a Moscow metro station then. It is clear now that these plans would have been carried out were it not for the Five Day War.

Secret services know of existence of one other scenario, one involving air service between Moscow and Tbilisi. What they do not know is whether or not this plan has been scrapped.

Georgian secret services called it Operation Board 6833. Weapons are to be smuggled to terrorists via the VIP lounge and the board itself is to be hijacked 10 minutes or so before starting a descend to Moscow. The plan stands for six terrorists on board – three to control pilots in the cockpit and the rest to watch passengers. The plan suggests explosion of the plane in Moscow. No demands, no nothing – just an act of intimidation.

Secret services know of only two operations plotted by the Georgians, terrorist acts that would have been chalked off to people’s vengeance. Off the record, officers of the FSB and their Abkhazian and South Ossetian counterparts admit that what information they possess indicates existence of at least a dozen analogous scenarios. South Ossetian Interior Minister Mikhail Mindzayev is convinced that the Georgian leadership has never abandoned its plans involving terrorist acts in the former Georgian autonomies and in Russia itself. FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov indirectly confirmed it at the meeting of the National Counter-Terrorism Committee a short while ago. “What information is available at this point indicates that terrorist acts are being plotted to destabilize the Caucasus,” Bortnikov said. “The impression is that certain forces in Tbilisi, ones that are upset by the replacement of Russian peacekeepers in security zones in Abkhazia and South Ossetia with EU observers, deliberately undertake to mount tension in the region and to foment another round of hostilities. We are disturbed by the actions of the Georgian military and by activization of their gangs in Russia itself.”

Bortnikov said 69 terrorist acts were thwarted this year, 36 of them in crowded areas.

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