Friday, May 27, 2005

RUSSIAN BLACKOUT: TERRORIST ATTACK!

UPDATE! 5/27/05, 11:03am: Chechen Terrorist Mastermind: "We caused blackout"
Chechen rebel field commander Shamil Basayev has claimed responsibility for the power cut that caused major disruption in Moscow on Wednesday.

A statement on a website with links to the rebels said Basayev's men had attacked an electricity substation, causing the outage.

The cut paralysed public transport and left thousands without power.

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"Our sabotage groups have delivered a sensitive blow on one of the most important systems of ability to live of the Russian empire," he said. "The result of the special operation has surpassed our expectations."

As I suspected from the get-go, this was a standard terror op. Look for ongoing follow-up attacks...

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Moscow was plunged into chaos on Wednesday after a big power outage that President Vladimir Putin blamed on the state-owned electricity monopoly headed by a liberal politician viewed with suspicion by the Kremlin.

The outage, caused by a fire in a substation, shut the stock exchange, crippled transport and threatened mobile phone links in the sweltering Russian capital.

This report just scratches the surface of what is happening. This was a terrorist attack. Check out this report from Debka:
Electricity breakdown that brought chaos to Moscow Wednesday traced to explosion – possibly sabotage – in city’s southern power station. Effort to restore system by diverting power from neighboring areas caused chain reaction.

Our Moscow sources add: Chemical plant at neighboring Novomoskovsk blew up sending large toxic cloud aloft. Emergency ministry teams and army helicopters try to cope with contamination. A large fire erupted at renowned Army Theater and central sewage farm flooded.

This sounds like a multi-pronged, ongoing terrorist offensive against Putin and Moscow. Don't be surprised to hear more news coming out of Russia on this...

MORE COVERAGE FROM RUSSIAN SOURCES:
MosNews: Putin Blames UES Power Monopoly for Moscow Outage
Pravda.ru: Massive blackout paralyzes Moscow

MORE TO COME...