- About the book
DetailsThe five chapters contained in this volume focus on the complex and tumultuous events occurring in Russia during the five months from May through September 1999. They sparked the Russian invasion of Chechnya on 1 October and vaulted a previously unknown former KGB agent into the post of Russian prime minister and, ultimately, president. The five chapters are devoted to: • The intense political struggle taking place in Russia between May and August of 1999, culminating in an incursion by armed Islamic separatists into the Republic of Dagestan. • Two Moscow terrorist bombings of 9 and 13 September 1999, claiming the lives of 224 Muscovites and preparing the psychological and political ground for a full-blown invasion of Chechnya. • The so-called Ryazan Incident of 22 September 1999, when eyewitnesses observed officers of the FSB special forces placing a live bomb in the basement of an apartment building in the town of Rzayan. • The detonation of a powerful truck bomb outside of an apartment house in Buinaksk, Dagestan, on 4 September 1999, which took the lives of fifty-eight innocent victims. • The explosion on 16 September 1999 of a truck bomb in the city of Volgdonsk in southern Russia, which killed eighteen persons and seriously wounded eighty-nine
- The author
About the authorDr. John B. Dunlop is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace and recently served as acting director of Stanford University's Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies.
Reviews"John Dunlop’s study of the 1999 bombings of four apartment buildings in Russia that killed nearly 300 people remains the definitive work on this horrifying episode of terrorism. Drawing on a vast number of sources—including reports by independent Russian journalists and eyewitness accounts—Mr. Dunlop makes a convincing case that the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) not only had advance knowledge of the bombings but in fact orchestrated them. The purpose was to generate support for the relatively unknown prime minister at the time, Vladimir Putin, by blaming the attacks on Chechens and thereby justifying a second war with Chechnya that made Mr. Putin a national hero and paved the way for his capturing the presidency in 2000. Although many Russians have long suspected that the FSB, and possibly Mr. Putin himself, was behind these acts of terrorism, they are surprisingly indifferent about the implications.” - Amy Knight, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 7-8, 2017
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