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Who Is Guilty in the Moscow Explosions?

Wednesday, 27 February 2002 12:00 AM

On Jan. 26, Raul Castro, No. 2 in the official Cuban hierarchy, announced that the Russian spy base in Lourdes is finally closed, by order of Russia's President Putin, and the equipment on the base is stored for transportation back to Moscow.

According to Raul, who bitterly opposed the closure, Russia got 75 percent of all the sensitive data on the United States from Lourdes. The younger Castro made that remarkable claim for the first time in 1993. It is possible that other spy channels – residents on American soil, spy satellites, etc. – jointly provided, from 1993 to 2001, only 25 percent of the data flow from the U.S. to Moscow.

There was negative reaction in Moscow to the closing of the Lourdes base. During the past several weeks some Moscow newspapers with a "patriotic" orientation – Pravda, Zavtra weekly and Sovetskaya Rossiya – published a series of articles criticizing President Putin for the closing of the Lourdes base.

For example, at the beginning of February Zavtra wrote the following:

Presently, Russia has no technological capability for early detection of a nuclear attack against Russia from the USA. Russia now is also unable to control fulfillment of U.S.-Russian agreements on offensive-armament reduction. In addition, the ability of Russia to receive, decipher and utilize [military and commercial] operative information from the USA shrank dramatically. This will cause a negative effect on the political and economic competitiveness of Russia.

The emotional article "Cuba – Yes!" that was published in "Pravda" around the same time claimed that Cuban leaders are very upset and characterized Putin's decision on Lourdes as "obscene."

Other Moscow papers stressed that closing the Lourdes base didn't bring Putin, in exchange, any serious concessions or other valuable fruits from Washington.

Indeed, it appeared to be a strange and even irrational decision by the Kremlin. But this is only the opinion of people ignorant about what was really behind the 9-11 strikes.

Readers of NewsMax know that Moscow used to share the information obtained by Lourdes with the Cuban secret services, which in turn delivered the most sensitive codes of U.S. civilian airlines to Mohamed Atta and the entire "suicide squad." That's how the 9-11 attacks were made possible.

Almost immediately after the strikes, Putin decided to get rid of the Lourdes base – just the way a murderer throws away the blood-covered knife. Sound doubtful? Then try to find an acceptable explanation for Putin's "irrational, obscene and very unprofitable" decision about Lourdes.

The Lourdes story throws new light on the dark role of the Kremlin in the Sept. 11 tragedy. It exposes the real image and moral character of Putin and Co.

At the beginning of February, Zavtra weekly, usually extremely informed, wrote:

Such disclosure by Berezovsky could make very questionable the 'anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya' (undertaken by the Kremlin immediately after the Moscow explosions) and even the legality of the March 2000 president election (which codified the Putin regime). As a result, a qualitatively new political situation could emerge in Russia. In this new environment, even such a variant as the disintegration of Russia into several independent states could become possible.

Let us now look at some messages from the Moscow-based information Web site grani.ru/news:

Berezovsky also said that he had no information about Putin's personal participation in this case, and that he doesn't know whether Putin or Patrushev personally gave the order to blow up the apartment buildings. Foreign journalists (sponsored by Berezovsky) are producing a documentary movie about this tragedy. The movie will be offered to all television stations, including Russian ones.

Berezovsky added that he is afraid for his life (under a real threat from the FSB).

One of the Duma deputies, Yushenkoff, suggested that Russian General Prosecutor Vladimir Ustinov investigate the apartment building explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk. This move was supported by 161 Duma deputies, mostly from the Communist Party and its allies. Seven deputies voted against the proposal and 282 deputies (mostly belonging to the pro-Kremlin "Unity" Party) decided not to vote at all. As a result, this proposal didn't receive enough votes to pass.

Many people in Russia and abroad await publication of the Berezovsky documents. The Russian opposition TV channel TV-6, up until its closing, actively discussed this issue. The remnants of the opposition media continue to do so now.

All this is taking place amid the fierce struggle for power and control of the money flow, in and around the Kremlin, between the aggressive Putin-FSB-Petersburg group and the remnants of Yeltsin's "family." The "family" and thousands of related businessmen and politicians are losing. They hope that the Berezovsky documents will slow Putin down or even entirely undermine his position.

The new documents from Berezovsky will probably somewhat harm Putin, the Kremlin and the FSB. However, the most important is as follows:

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