I have just been told by a friend in Russia that a tragedy has occurred Kapiisk (Dagestan).
What makes me sick, even more so, is that today, 9th May, is Victory Day in Russia (and most other ex-Soviet Republics). Victory Day is the Russian equivalent of our Anzac Day, when the country reflects and pays their respects to their countrymen who lost their lives in World War II. (For info: the Soviet Union lost more of its countrymen, woman and children than any other nation...over 27 million).
And what makes me most sick, is that this bomb blast, which has so far claimed 20 lives (and over 100 injured), occurred right in amongst a parade of veterans the town. Veterans, childrens and musicians are amongst the innocent victims.
As yet no-one has declared responsibility, but it is most likely (without jumping to conclusions) that it could be either Chechen terrorists or Dagestani separatists.
So it seems that what is already a very somber day for the Russians is now going to also remembered as a day of tragedy.
But to my Russian friends, some of whom do read these forums, I send my condolences.
For those of you who want to read more (in English) here is the link: