Russia Releases First Photo Of St Petersburg Terrorism Suspect As Death Toll Climbs

Tyler Durden's picture

According to latest update from Russian security forces, ten people (up to 14 according to unconfirmed reports) have been killed and at least 37 were injured when an explosion tore through a train carriage in a St. Petersburg metro tunnel on Monday. According to an update from Interfax news agency, the blast may have been caused by an explosive device hidden in a briefcase which had been left on the train before it was departing the Sennaya Ploshchad station towards the Tekhnologichesky Institut station.

"According to preliminary data, the explosion in the St. Petersburg metro system was committed not by a suicide bomber; the explosive device had most likely been left behind in the railcar before the train's departure," the source said.

Alleged photos of the IED surfaced on social media. They show a medium-sized leather bag, which apparently held a container filled with explosives, with ball bearings wrapped around it.

Interfax also said that surveillance cameras had captured images of what it called the organizers of the explosion, which hit St Petersburg as President Vladimir Putin was visiting the city. As a result, Russian security forces have issued a search warrant for two people suspected to be behind the blast.

Moments ago, Russia's Rossiya-24 television aired a picture of St. Petersburg metro terror suspect.

Russia's National Anti-Terrorist Committee also said an undetonated improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered and defused by investigators at the Ploshchad Vosstaniya Station and defused by specialists, the NAC reported. It rejected media reports which claimed that more than one explosion occurred, saying no evidence supporting this was found.

Putin, in another part of the city for a meeting with Belarus's leader, was initially cautious. He said he was considering all possible causes, including terrorism.

Investigators are currently giving priority to the extremist or nationalistic trace theory behind the blast. A terrorism probe has been launched over the blast by Russia’s Investigative Committee. The committee also praised the driver of the train for not trying to stop in the tunnel after the explosion.

“He acted right in the circumstances. The explosion happened in the tunnel between stations, but the driver took the right decision and brought it to the next station, which allowed evacuation and help to the injured to start at once. This may have prevented casualties,” the committee said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented that “The causes of this event have not been determined yet, so it’s too early to talk about [possible causes]. The investigation will show. Certainly, we will consider all possibilities: common, criminal, but first of all of a terrorist nature.”

All Metro stations are closed to passengers. Commuters were evacuated from the subway within about an hour of the first reports of the blast coming in. Ambulances and fire engines descended on the concrete-and-glass Sennaya Ploshchad metro station. A helicopter hovered overhead as crowds gathered to observe rescue operations.

"I appeal to you citizens of St. Petersburg and guests of our city to be alert, attentive and cautious and to behave in a responsible matter in light of events," St Petersburg Governor Georgy Poltavchenko said in an address.

As Reuters adds, an attack on Russia's old imperial capital would have symbolic force for any militant group, notably Chechen secessionists and Islamic State, which is now fighting Russian forces in Syria. Chechen militant attacks in the past have largely focused on Moscow, including an attack on an airport, a theater and in 2010 a metro train

Video from the scene of Monday's blast showed injured people lying bleeding on a platform, some being treated by emergency services and fellow passengers. Others ran away from the platform amid clouds of smoke, some screaming or holding their hands to their faces.

“I saw a lot of smoke, a crowd making its way to the escalators, people with blood and other people's insides on their clothes, bloody faces,,” St Petersburg resident Leonid Chaika, who said he was at the station where the blast happened, told Reuters by phone. "Many were crying."

A huge hole was blown open in the side of a carriage with metal wreckage strewn across the platform. Passengers were seen hammering at the windows of one closed carriage. Russian TV said many had suffered lacerations from glass shards and metal, the force of the explosion maximized by the confines of the carriage and the tunnel.

Authorities closed all St. Petersburg metro stations. The Moscow metro said it was taking unspecified additional security measures in case of an attack there. Russia has been on particular alert against Chechen rebels returning from Syria, where they have fought alongside Islamic State, and wary of any attempts to resume attacks that dogged the country several years ago.

At least 38 people were killed in 2010 when two female suicide bombers detonated bombs on packed Moscow metro trains. Over 330 people, half of them children, were killed in 2004 when police stormed a school in southern Russia after a hostage taking by Islamist militants. In 2002, 120 hostages were killed when police stormed a Moscow theater to end another hostage-taking.

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FrozenGoodz's picture

Awkward time for the president, how to acknowledge/condemn a terrorist attack in Russia without acknowledging/condeming Russia ... time for Fox & Friends and tweets in the morning, but mentioning Russia ... eh, not the best timing

NoDebt's picture

Pretty clear from that picture he's radicalized Mennonite.


WVHillbilly's picture

Obviously Amish, you can tell by the beard.

AllTimeWhys's picture

Those darn right wing terrorists can't fool us by getting a tan and growing beards!

NidStyles's picture

I think you mean White Supremacists...

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Funny hat, hook nose, and a beard?

Could be a Muslim, Christian, or Jew.

Interesting that all three pray to the one God of Abraham.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Let's see if his genitals have been mutilated.  That might narrow the field.

Jim Sampson's picture

Isaac vs Ishmael...  The story tells what it tells, man does the rest.

fx's picture

Most probably one of those moderate terrorists , ehm rebels, from Syria on C!A- or Mo$$ad- sponsored 'vacation' to Russia

SmackDaddy's picture

You must understand, the leading Bolsheviks who took over Russia were not Russians. They hated Russians. They hated Christians. Driven by ethnic hatred they tortured and slaughtered millions of Russians without a shred of human remorse. It cannot be overstated. Bolshevism committed the greatest human slaughter of all time. The fact that most of the world is ignorant and uncaring about this enormous crime is proof that the global media is in the hands of the perpetrators.

- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Deathrips's picture

He flew in first class from tel aviv last week. Challenge find a jew who likes russia.



Herd Redirection Committee's picture

It seems to me there is a faction that wants revenge for the destruction of Khazaria...

Why they care so much about what happened 600+ years ago is a good question, though.  The butt-hurt is definitely strong with them.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

"Abrahamic" is a false construct.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


How so?  Which of the three Abrahamic religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, do not pray to the God of Abraham?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

"God of Abraham" is not defined alike among all those three groups, however it would be defined among atheists collectively or by any single atheist.  If you don't worship "God of Abraham", you would not know. 

Not ever tasting the goodness of a thing, you couldn't know what it is, qualitatively.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


I do pray to the God of Abraham, as commanded by Jesus.

“When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“Pray then in this way:

Our Father in heaven,
    hallowed be your name.
    Your kingdom come.
    Your will be done,
        on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our debts,
        as we also have forgiven our debtors.
    And do not bring us to the time of trial,
        but rescue us from the evil one.

For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


Good luck finding a rabbi, priest, or imam that doesn't believe Jews, Christians, and Muslims all pray to the One God of Abraham.

I am sorry if this fact of scripture inconveniences you, or causes cognitive dissonance.

Pray on it.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Good luck finding a faithful person that reads his Bible that gives a scrap of care as to what a rabbi, priest, or imam define among their own proselytes, although it clearly sounds like you lend these men more weight than one who truly has a relationship with God ever would.

Actually you haven't read scripture, or at least did not understand it, as evidenced by that comment.


hedgeless_horseman's picture


Actually you haven't read scripture, or at least did not understand it, as evidenced by that comment.

How so?  What about my comment evidences that I have not read or understood scripture?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

You use Christ to assert what point?  The sameness of the "Abrahamics"?  He is the primary difference.  Don't you grasp that?

Clearly belief in Christ separates the Hebrew & Muslim from the Christian.

What is your argument now?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Amen, you did exactly what a faithful Christian would ever want you to: you got confused, caught up, and you went to Christ.

I do that 14-15 times a day.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You use Christ to assert what point? 

That Christ instructs his followers, Christians, to pray to the God of Abraham, as He is first revealed in the Book of Genesis.

Do you deny this?

Do you not pray to the One God of Abraham?

Do you instead pray to Baby Jesus like Ricky Bobby?

Or maybe you pray to Saint Mary?  If so, why?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Again, you are cherry-picking. 

Christ asserts His Ministry as a logical amplification or continuation (or, an evolution) of the old worship.  Thus He satisfied a large volume of previous prophecy, thus He would not be refuted by pharisaic custom, thus His followers could not be slandered for not adhering to Mosaic Law.  You have not read your Bible in its totality, I urge you to focus, or else your tone would be different.  You speak from ignorance now.

Jesus is the Way, Truth, and Life.  This was from the prophetic Gospel of John. 

But if you ask a Hebrew, or a Muslim, they will not say that.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


Do you or don't you pray to the One God of Abraham?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Oh I do, but you don't know who He is, Senor Inquisitor.  You are confused but you can fall back on Jesus.


ParkAveFlasher's picture

I absolutely don't, but that's a judgement I leave to God.  As a Christian, I can certainly shake the dust off my feet in anyone's general direction.

Now if you would agree to cease backwardizing your comments, taking advantage of your editor's right so as to make my arguments look poorly addressed, I would continue.

Marian devotions are a sick fetish.

I've already said that you lend "religious authorities" more weight than I do.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


taking advantage of your editor's right so as to make my arguments look poorly addressed

I have no such rights.

Your arguments succeed or fail strictly on their merits, as do mine.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

How can you throw down Gospel and then say all three worship the same God?  You have yet to address that. 


hedgeless_horseman's picture


How can you not?  

I have provided evidence that each religion does pray to the One God of Abraham.  

What evidence have you provided?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Are you an atheist?  Now what does the dictionary tell you "faith" is?

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Did you not read my comment, above?

I do pray to the God of Abraham, as commanded by Jesus.

This is getting silly.  I am done.

Peace be with you!

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Do Muslims pray to Jesus?  Jesus is God, is He not? 

Or would God be a big sports arena with different ticket gates, different laws for each.  You would make God a marketer.


bjdodo's picture

Some would say that it is a consequence of history that the description of God in the Old Testament and the Father that Jesus was always talking about are both considered correct in the same book.

When Christianity was formed there were other branches that were finished off by the Roman Empire. Marcionism (, was a branch from the East (relative to Rome) that did not accept the Old Testament. Manicheism (,, which was a mixture of Zoroastrianism and Christianity, also rejected the Old Testament, and not in a shy way. Mani said that Moses spoke to the devil. In the times of St Augustine, Manicheism was as widespread as the Roman Christianity, in fact most of the persecution of heresies by the Roman Church was targeting Manicheists the most, they were not even accepted as a Christian religion. Just read the above linked material and see for yourself whether Manicheism is closer to the teachings of Jesus then the Old Testament.

IMO the reason the Roman Church accepts the views in the Old Testament can be explained by the fact that the Jewish religion was tolerated in the Roman Empire since Julius Ceasar was "helped out" financially by the family of Herod, they even had their Synagogues before Jesus was born. Herod, the king who wanted to get baby Jesus killed. Because the Jewish religion was tolerated, and it was the only one for centuries AFAIK, many early Christians claimed that their religion was Jewish.

All I am saying is that there have been serious people in history that agreed that the description of God in the Old Testament is not similar to what Jesus was teaching about his Father.

BarkingCat's picture

It is the same god, invented by the retarded sand dwelling, goat fuckers that all those mythologies are based on.

Is is also a far inferior mythology when compared to that of the Greeks or Romans or the Norse. At least the other ones are not full of contradictions and logical fallacies. 

They are also much more entertaining. 

stubb's picture

Muslims pray to Satan. Nothing Abrahamic about their deranged fake cult. 

stubb's picture

Muslims pray to Satan. Nothing Abrahamic about their deranged fake cult. 

nonclaim's picture

"Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"

You should use Muslims instead of Islam. They are all loosely "Abrahamic", but Islam is certainly not.

hedgeless_horseman's picture


You know that Islam is the religion, and muslims are the followers of Islam?


Like a Christian and Christianity?

Judaism and jews?

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Is there an controlling the thoughts of all atheists?  No.  Neither is there centralization of religion.  Even the Holy Scripture is disagreed over.

False construct on your part.

nonclaim's picture

Quite the opposite, Islam is above muslimhood. You can be a Christian or Jew under Islam rule (if you pay up and can keep you head attached).

Adri's picture

Those that pray to Christ, the Son of God. (John 3:16)

Sanity Bear's picture

"Allah" is actually a moon god borrowed from the pagans. Its history in Mecca long predates Mad Mo's arrival.

This is of course very very basic information which any person with the most rudimentary understanding of the history of Islam knows.

Which begs the question why you don't already know it.

Perhaps you are too busy blaming Jews for everything, to open your eyes to what the true nature of the world is.

Yog Soggoth's picture

Rabbinicists or Pharisees. The word jew was invented in 1765 to rebrand the worshippers of Molech otherwise known as the white pretender to the religion. Read dummies 

The Prophet Mohammed, a Jewish pseudo-Messiah
Sanity Bear's picture

Also, if you are willing to put your money where your mouth is, let's make a bet.

$100 says the guy in the security video is a Muslim.

How secure are you in your pretend ambiguity?

DogSlime's picture

The ambiguity isn't pretend.

Osama Bin Laden and the Taliban are/were Muslim.

Who bankrolled them for years while they were fighting the Russians?

Who bankrolls the people who bankrolled them?

Stuff like this is ambiguous because there are so many actors with their fingers in the pie.