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Sun Mar 24, 2024, 07:20 AM Mar 2024

Hours before ISIS attacked, Putin added the "LGBT movement" to an official list of "terrorists and extremists"

A deadly attack shatters Putin’s promise of security to the Russian people

Less than a week ago, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia claimed a fifth term with his highest-ever share of the vote, using a stage-managed election to show the nation and the world that he was firmly in control. Just days later came a searing counterpoint: His vaunted security apparatus failed to prevent Russia’s deadliest terrorist attack in 20 years. The assault on Friday, which killed at least 133 people at a concert hall in suburban Moscow, was a blow to Mr. Putin’s aura as a leader for whom national security is paramount. That is especially true after two years of a war in Ukraine that he describes as key to Russia’s survival — and which he cast as his top priority after the election last Sunday.

…The fact that Mr. Putin apparently ignored a warning from the United States about a potential terrorist attack is likely to deepen the skepticism. Instead of acting on the warnings and tightening security, he dismissed them as “provocative statements…All this resembles outright blackmail and an intention to intimidate and destabilize our society,” Mr. Putin said on Tuesday in a speech to the F.S.B., Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, referring to the Western warnings. After the attack on Friday, some of his exiled critics have cited his response as evidence of the president’s detachment from Russia’s true security concerns.

Rather than keeping society safe from actual, violent terrorists, those critics say, Mr. Putin has directed his sprawling security services to pursue dissidents, journalists and anyone deemed a threat to the Kremlin’s definition of “traditional values.” A case in point: Just hours before the attack, state media reported that the Russian authorities had added “the L.G.B.T. movement” to an official list of “terrorists and extremists”; Russia had already outlawed the gay rights movement last year. Terrorism was also among the many charges prosecutors leveled against Aleksei A. Navalny, the imprisoned opposition leader who died last month.

“In a country in which counterterrorism special forces chase after online commenters,” Ruslan Leviev, an exiled Russian military analyst, wrote in a social media post on Saturday, “terrorists will always feel free.” Even as the Islamic State repeatedly claimed responsibility for the attack and Ukraine denied any involvement, the Kremlin’s messengers pushed into overdrive to try to persuade the Russian public that this was merely a ruse…

More at https://www.nytimes.com/live/2024/03/24/world/moscow-russia-attack-news?unlocked_article_code=1.fE0.wigu.p47rLjoT9ud9&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb
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Hours before ISIS attacked, Putin added the "LGBT movement" to an official list of "terrorists and extremists" (Original Post) BeyondGeography Mar 2024 OP
Quid Pro Quo? Think. Again. Mar 2024 #1
I doubt ISIS would purposely help Putin. Elessar Zappa Mar 2024 #3
If they did in Syria what they're doing in Ukraine, then I think "help" might be an oversimplification ck4829 Mar 2024 #4
Yes, Russia targeted civilians in Syria too. Elessar Zappa Mar 2024 #5
I doubt they have the integrity needed to maintain any particular conviction. Think. Again. Mar 2024 #6
I would say "unbelievable", but it's Russia ck4829 Mar 2024 #2
Poor russia is struggling for its life against... Crunchy Frog Mar 2024 #7

Think. Again.

(12,361 posts)
1. Quid Pro Quo?
Sun Mar 24, 2024, 07:32 AM
Mar 2024

putin: "Hey issis, give me an attack I can blame on Ukraine."

issis: "What's in it for us?"

putin: "I'll foment violence aganst LGBTQ".

issis: "Cool, where and when?....

Elessar Zappa

(14,809 posts)
3. I doubt ISIS would purposely help Putin.
Sun Mar 24, 2024, 08:58 AM
Mar 2024

They hate him because of Russia’s help to the Syrian dictator.


(35,300 posts)
4. If they did in Syria what they're doing in Ukraine, then I think "help" might be an oversimplification
Sun Mar 24, 2024, 09:00 AM
Mar 2024

Crunchy Frog

(26,783 posts)
7. Poor russia is struggling for its life against...
Sun Mar 24, 2024, 09:51 AM
Mar 2024

The gay, Nazi, liberal, Jewish, Islamist Ukrainians.

I hope I don't need to add that this is

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