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Russian, American Security and Intelligence Analysts: Will the Trail of the Crocus Terrorists Lead to the Anglosphere?

Rescue workers near Crocus City Hall. Credit: Press Service of the Moscow Region

March 27, 2024 (EIRNS)—Alexander Bortnikov, the head of Russia’s domestic intelligence agency the FSB, indicated the possible involvement of the U.S., Britain and Ukraine in the terrorist acts at the Crocus City Hall. Bortnikov said that the actions against Crocus were “prepared both by the radical Islamists themselves and, of course, facilitated by Western special services, and Ukraine’s special services themselves have a direct connection to this.”

What might this mean? Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector, United States Marine Corps intelligence officer, and military analyst, in conversation with Judge Andrew Napolitano on March 26, said: “First of all, let’s start with the following foundational thought— that Ukrainian intelligence, especially the GUR, their military intelligence, is a total construct of the CIA and MI6, of British intelligence. It has been completely revamped and re-worked since 2014. The New York Times has written an article that touches on this subject—the relationship between the CIA, MI6 and the GUR since 2014. There’s nothing that happens in the GUR that isn’t known by, approved by, and coordinated with the CIA or MI6. So we need to start with that foundational principle.”

That, however, proves nothing in itself. Ukraine has become the place of residence for many terrorists eager to fight Russia, as well as ISIS administrators. One individual pointed to in coverage by RT, was Rustam Azhiev, a Chechen who had fought in the Russo-Chechen war, and then fled to Türkiye. He then moved to Syria, where he headed up the terrorist group, Ajnad Al-Kavkaz, fighting against the Syrian Arabic Army and conducting terrorist operations against civilians. When the Russian Army and the Syrian Arabic Army began liberating territories controlled by the terrorists, Azhiev and his cohorts simply began dealing in organized crime, contract killings and the like.

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