Georgia's role in the Metro bombings and the "Jewization of Georgians"
Well, that didn't take long. A senior Russian official has suggested that Georgia could be behind the Metro bombings on Monday. As quoted in the Times (London), National Security Council head Nikolai Patrushev :
“All theories have to be checked. For example, there is Georgia and the leader of that state, Saakashvili, whose behaviour is unpredictable,” Mr Patrushev told the Kommersant newspaper.
“He has already unleashed war once. It is possible that he may unleash it again. We have had information that individual members of Georgian special forces support contacts with terrorist organisations in the Russian North Caucasus. We must check this also in relation to the acts of terror in Moscow.”
Georgian officials, naturally, responded negatively. Here's Temuri Yakobishvili using a memorable phrase on Civil.ge:
“Unfortunately, it became a trend in Russia – Jewization of Georgians – wherein if previously Jews were to blame for everything in Russia, now Georgians are to be blamed for everything,” he added.
Russian media also yesterday implicated Georgia in a foiled terror plot in Baku. Just to play along for a bit, as strategically challenged as Saakashvili can be, it's hard to see what Georgia could possibly gain by doing this. This will almost certainly result in greater instability in the north Caucasus, and likely increased Russian military activity just across Georgia's border.
For a far more sensible take on the reaction to the bombings, see the excellent Sean's Russia Blog.
Joshua Kucera is the Turkey/Caucasus editor at Eurasianet, and author of The Bug Pit.
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