Speech by Mr.Igor Mozgo, Counsellor/Press Secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, at the presentation of the documentary film "ORDINARY TERRORISM",
Tuesday, 19-th July, 2005
Good morning, dear colleagues.
I would like to welcome you all today here in the International Press Centre at the presentation of the documentary film "Ordinary Terrorism" made by Russian journalists.
Availing myself of this chance I would like to express gratitude to the management of the International Press Centre for providing us with the opportunity to organize a viewing of the above-mentioned film at the premises of the GIPC.
Before viewing the movie I would like to make a short introduction and present some basic aspects of the Russian approaches to the problem of international terrorism.
The Russian people know not just by hearsay the sinister nature of terror. The Russians themselves have repeatedly been targeted by terrorists. Tragic events in Beslan in September 2004 (the seizure of school resulted in the death of 330 persons including 178 children) and in Moscow in October 2003 (hostage taking in Dubrovka theatre centre) like the recent acts of terrorism in London are links of one and the same bloody chain of crimes committed by the international terrorists. What is important and extremely dangerous is that all these terrorist acts were aimed at ordinary citizens, innocent people. That is, it was a foul blow to society.
Let me also quote Mr.Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, who stated: "London events are yet another confirmation that we are all doing too little to unite our efforts to fight terrorism in the most effective way possible. I would like to express not only the hope, but also the confidence that the international community will abandon all double standards with regard to atrocious crimes such as those committed in London and will find every possible solution and make every possible effort to counter terrorism, to fight it together and to find within itself the resolve to eradicate entirely and for good this scourge of the twenty-first century".
Russia is ready for joint work to streamline measures and intensify the fight by the entire world community against international terrorism.
The Russian Federation brought antiterrorist themes onto the agenda of the Security Council of the United Nations Organisation, long before the tragic events of September 11. On the initiative and with the active participation of our country the Security Council adopted a number of important decisions in the area of combating terrorism, including resolutions 1267, 1373 and 1566.
Thanks to these decisions a global sanctions regime has been put in place against the Taliban, Al-Qaida and persons and entities associated with them, including terrorists from Chechnya. The principal coordinating body of the antiterrorist coalition has been established - the Counterterrorism Committee of the United Nations Security Council. Those decisions have provided an effective politico-legal framework for combating terrorism, which Russia is maximally using.
The threats of terrorism are not only systemic and global, but also long-running. This means that the struggle against this menace has also to be waged in a systemic way.
Now, introducing the documentary film "Ordinary terrorism", I would like to say a few words about it.
The first part of a series is about major terrorist attacks staged in Russia. It is based on unique video materials, which terrorists themselves taped as the documentary reports to their foreign patrons and sponsors.
The second part is a story about the June 1995 terrorist action staged to occupy Budyonovsk, a town in the North Caucasus. For the first time in the history of international terrorism, a whole town was seized by an armed bandit group, even if for a short time. Only the selfless actions by the FSB (Federal Security Service) and the Russian Interior Ministry's agencies helped to quickly localize the threat, but the terrorists took hostage about 1.000 people, whom they used as a live shield for bargaining with the federal authorities. Budyonovsk was the first major terrorist attack in Russia, soon followed by Kizlyar, Pervomaiskoe, Makhachkala, Volgodonsk and Moscow. Terrorism could have been routed in Budyonovsk, but a chain of tragic mistakes and miscalculations in summer 1995 faced the whole Russian society with the threat of "ordinary terrorism".
The third part of the series shows how fighters took hostage a hospital in Kizlyar and the village of Pervomaiskoe in January 1996. Unique documentary material and witness testimony by the commanders of Alfa and Vityaz special units provide a harrowing picture of that tragedy. At the same time, terrorists in Turkey boarded the Avrasya ferry and held hostage its passengers and crew. The authors analyse the actions of the Special Forces and authorities.
Finally, the fourth part of the sequel covers the Nord-Ost drama, when a group of 40 bandits took hostage about a thousand people in Dubrovka theatre centre in Moscow on October 23, 2003.
Thank you for your kind attention.