Who does not need it? On the terrorist attack in the St. Petersburg subway
On April 3 in St. Petersburg, there was an explosion at a Metro station. At least 10 people were killed and several dozen wounded. For several hours, the Metro was closed, and traffic in the city was paralyzed. Virtually no one doubts that this was a terrorist act, not only from the nature of the explosion, but because at the time Putin was holding a meeting in St. Petersburg with his social movement — the Russian Popular Front.
Viktor Tyulkin, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Russian Communist Workers’ Party (RKRP) and leader of the Russian United Labor Front (ROT Front), commented:
It’s a hideous, heinous crime. We express our condolences to the families and friends of the victims. But this is just another link in the chain on ongoing terrorist wars for their own purposes. In Russia, similar bombings in the subway rattled Moscow in 2004 (when 41 people died) and in 2010 (40 people died). What has changed since?
Since then, subway and railway stations have built thousands of metal detectors, millions and billions of rubles have been spent on security, and a special formation called the National Guard was created. Maybe more. However, there is another significant new detail. Among potentially suspected terrorist forces, separatists from the Caucasus and Islamist terrorists, there is the added possibility of terrorists from neighboring Ukraine.
The RKRP has repeatedly expressed the view that terrorism is a product of capitalism. Capitalism has brought the people of the former Soviet republics blood and war, gory conflict and terrorism. The same fraternal Ukraine has turned into an embittered enemy imbued with the fascist spirit – because of capitalism. The contradictions in the capitalist camp lead to ethnic and religious conflicts, distracting people’s attention from the root causes of these disasters with news of the endless strife.
Who could benefit from the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg? There are many: Islamic terrorists of ISIL and the like, banned in Russia, which have often promised to get to Russia; the Kiev Banderists [fascists], who dream of “hanging Russians from the branch” or starting a conflict this way; the liberal opposition, which once again shouts about Putin’s inability to defeat this phenomenon; Putin’s regime, which, in the opinion of the people, is mired in corruption, and here very conveniently got a reason to assert that it is the enemies of Russia and their vile intentions to destabilize the situation, to arrange a Maidan. Now there is an opportunity to tighten the screws against any opposition and encourage people to rally around the national leadership before the elections; the police and intelligence serves, frightened of the extremists banned by the regime, who now have more weighty evidence of their relevance and rigor.
There is only one force that does not need it – the working people of Russia, the common people. They do not need any acts of terrorism, nor dissembling gentlemen billionaires, nor capitalism, which gives us all these charms.
To think that the problem of terrorism can be solved with measures to tighten control, with metal detectors and video cameras, is naive stupidity. This benefits only the professional “fighters against extremism.” We need to declare war on capitalism itself. There is simply no other way.
Press Center of the Central Committee of Russian Communist Workers’ Party
April 4, 2017, Leningrad
Translated by Greg Butterfield