The Russian government has released no official statement in connection with the hostage-taking act of terrorism
It is interesting, but neither President Putin, nor any other political leaders of the country released any official statements concerning the tragic events in Moscow. At night, the Russian people could see President Putin on television, while Putin was conducting a session with the senior officials of the Russian government.
The president was very nervous. There was a feeling that a case of his expensive pen was bothering the president, limiting the space on his table. That is probably why Putin was touching and moving it the whole time.
Russian Deputy Viktor Alksnis, whose interview was published on the Agency of Political News website, said that the Russian government is at a loss. According to Alksnis, the leadership is unwilling to claim responsibility for any decisions. Putin is now following the logic that Mikhail Gorbachev used to have: “Neither war, nor peace: let the situation settle itself.”
“The helplessness of the government is comparable to the terrorists’ stupidity. It is rather stupid to take hostages of a theater audience. There are too many people, and the building is rather large. It is not going to be easy for terrorists to control the situation. Time is working against them in this situation. If some of the hostages die of heart attacks or hunger, society's opinion will become more and more negative. As a result, the moral and political effect of this action will be totally the opposite to what the terrorists originally planned,” said Alksnis.
This will not save the powers-that-be from the people’s anger. Russian society has realized that the government, which has been releasing high-flown statements about the struggle with terrorism on a global scale, is actually useless. The army of these governmental defenders has turned into an army of looters and blackmailers.
Dmitry Chirkin PRAVDA.Ru
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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