Russia May Hit Back at KSA for Volgogard Attacks by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 13, 2014

Russian intelligence has now reportedly obtained solid proof that Saudi Arabia was directly involved in the twin terror attacks on the city of Volgograd.

The attacks killed more than 32 people and injured over 100 others. Most of the victims were civilians.

According to an informed Russian official source, reported by the Fars News Agency, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has informed President Vladimir Putin of the Saudi link to the Volgograd massacre.

This will come as no surprise to Putin. The Russian leader was warned by the Saudi intelligence chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan during a heated four-hour private meeting back in July that Wahhabi-sponsored terrorists based in the North Caucasus region of Russia would be targeting the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The Sochi Games are due to open on February 7. Volgograd is a key transport hub linking Moscow with the southern Russian territory and the Black Sea resort city of Sochi in particular, where the Winter Olympics are to be held.

The double bombings on Volgograd’s transport system on 29-30 December were therefore unmistakably an assault on Russia’s hosting of the Olympics. The atrocity caused the deaths of several women and children, and in the aftermath President Putin was livid in his disgust at the attacks. He said there was no justification, whatsoever, for the killing of innocent civilians and he vowed to “destroy the terrorists” behind the bombings.

This raises the onerous question: What will Putin do next if he has, in fact, been told that the authors of the Volgograd crime against humanity are connected to the Saudi rulers? This could be construed as an act of war.

There are unconfirmed reports that Putin and his senior intelligence officers have already drawn up plans to “destroy Saudi Arabia” over its systematic sponsoring of terrorism on Russian territory.

The Volgograd atrocity is just the latest in a long series of terrorist acts connected to Saudi-sponsored radicals in the North Caucasus. Back in October, another suicide bomb on a packed bus in Volgograd left six dead.

The group believed to be behind these attacks is known as the Caucasus Caliphate, led by Doko Umarov. Saudi Arabia is a major source of funds for the Caucasus Caliphate, which espouses the same fundamentalist ideology as the Saudi-sponsored Takfiris operating in Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq.

Based in Chechnya and Dagestan, Umarov has publicly stated that “all means necessary would be used to derail” the Sochi Olympics.

Previously, the same network carried out suicide bomb attacks on Moscow’s metro system in 2010 and 2011, which caused dozens of deaths.

The Caucasus extremists are known to have close logistical connection with both American and Saudi military intelligence.

Indeed, from the early 1990s following the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Americans and the Saudis redeployed their Afghan Al Qaeda tactics into the southern Russian territories as a way to further destabilize Moscow. One of the architects of this plan was former CIA chief William Casey. This US and Saudi covert operations fuelled the two Chechen wars of 1994-95 and 1999-2000.

Although Moscow has since managed to subdue the large-scale violence, the Caucasus Caliphate remains a potent source of terrorism and sabotage, as the latest horror in Volgograd all too grimly attests.

Saudi spy chief Bandar’s earlier threat to Putin that the Sochi Games were at risk of attack from the Caucasus-based terror groups was thus no idle threat.

In retrospect his words amount to self-indictment. Bandar reportedly boasted to Putin: “We control them (the Caucasus militants).” This implies that Saudi Arabia can turn on and off the conduct of these terror groups. That places Saudi Arabia as the ultimate author of a catalogue of crimes that Russia has endured for the most part of 20 years, the latest being in the city of Volgograd.

It is not known what precise evidence Russian intelligence has lately uncovered that allegedly pinpoints Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the Volgograd massacre.

But there is already copious circumstantial evidence, as well as Bandar’s own braggadocio.

One of the suicide bombers in the Volgograd double attack has been identified as Russian national Pavel Pechyonkin (32). He reportedly traveled to Syria last year and fought in the ranks of Saudi-backed extremists trying to topple the government of Bashar al Assad.

Many other Russian nationals have also been recruited by Saudi Arabia’s terror sponsors to wage regime-change war in Syria. Perhaps it was in Syria that the Volgograd bomber was recruited for that specific mission.

If the Russians have acquired hard evidence of Saudi collusion in terrorism on their soil, there is firm legal ground for Russia to exact retaliation under the doctrine of self-defense.

In a second meeting between Bandar and Putin, the Russian leader reportedly told the Saudi in no uncertain terms that his support for terrorism was “a double-edged sword” that would eventually inflict damage on those who wield it.

For years now Saudi Arabia has gotten away with covert state-sponsored terrorism disrupting its Middle East neighbors. Syria, Lebanon and Iraq are but the latest victims. The Saudis have done this with impunity in the service of American imperialism, just as Zionist Israel has likewise functioned as an imperial crime syndicate.

But now Saudi Arabia may have swung its double-edged sword too recklessly. It has apparently been caught red-handed in an outrage against the Russian bear. Prince Bandar, we can be sure, will from now on be making extra checks beneath his car.

Finian Cunningham, is a columnist at Press TV and a Writer on Dandelion Salad. He can be reached at


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3 thoughts on “Russia May Hit Back at KSA for Volgogard Attacks by Finian Cunningham

  1. Some caution is advised. Russia throughout its many incarnations has a record of heavy-handed “orthodox” violence (& devastating pogrom) despite its populist Babushkaesque, “matrifocal” caricature.

    Putin’s great advantage is embedded occult agency, & even that can be enhanced through media manipulations and judicious cosmetic improvements of a personal nature. Other politicos come and go in the world, but this “ex-“KGB Berlusconi-fanboy has clung to power, and that is the key difference between those who serve and those who rule.

    Dynastic expedience is the name of their endemic “global” game. It is the nuptial feasts of “divine” privilege that determine the social architectures of ordinary existence. Power is married to infallibility. Tzar, Caesar, (Kaiser) whomever, they are all self-appointed Sun-gods ~ so called representatives of the true cosmic Regent.

    Mikhail Gorbachev was by far the most forward thinking Soviet leader, but he made an irrevocable tactical error in my estimation. At that time the influence of their dysfunctional & unrepresentative commonwealth of 15 republics stretched to the sub-continent, where Moscow had almost secured an opening to the Indian Ocean, a huge strategic ambition nearly fulfilled. Gorbachev’s Eurasian and foreign cultural initiatives were enormously successful.

    MG made a classic misjudgment however, by trusting the “good will” of the West & capitulating to an ecclesiastically surreal Rome, rather than courting Ankara & appeasing the consequences of “atheistic” erasures of Muslim sensibilities within the former Soviet Union.

    The consequences were inevitable and we are paying the full price, still. We are where “we” are, because of the unrelenting determination of vested industrial and hereditary interests to cohabit with and milk the spurious millennial conceits of Rome, while the US pays calculated affected lip-service to both Mecca and Masonic Jerusalem.

    Follow their dirty money ~ it all sluices through the Vatican coffers eventually to be cleansed of any stain of cruelty, psychotic perversion or injustice, by the hyper-efficient digital Swiss laundry. This habitual and habituated family compact is the real enemy of mankind. Call it class, call it farce, it is the cancer in the heart of existence.

    On a “lighter,” more facetious note though, why don’t we propose to the black-tented House of Saud that their sanctified “intelligence” supremo volunteer to feature prominently in the heart-warming opening winter ceremony at Sochi, where, cross-dressed as a punk princess, he could create some really spectacular fireworks by blowing himself up?

  2. Find and apprehend the mass murderers then prosecute them at the International Criminal Court or the appropriate court of jurisdiction. The deaths of 32 people and injury to 100 are crimes that must not go unpunished. Every person responsible must face punishment for their parts in these utterly disgraceful actions.

  3. Mr. Cunningham:

    Your central premise of a pattern of violent antagonism on the part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) against Russia has validity.

    The implied premise that KSA acts in concert, and only in concert, with the United States, has validity.

    The late director of the CIA, Willilam Casey, died in 1987.

    Please deliver your evidence of late-CIA Director Casey’s role in devising post-USSR breakup actions in Southern Russia.

    Respectfully yours,
    /s/Peter J. Nickitas

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